NUTLEY, NJ - In a historic election, Parks and Recreation Commissioner Mauro G. Tucci recently tied with Public Works Commissioner Joseph P. Scarpelli for mayor. This election was unique due to both the tie and also the first to have totally mailed in ballots.
The results of 4,586 for both Tucci and Scarpelli, and Public Safety Commissioner Alphonse Petracco not far behind with 4,549 votes. Revenue and Finance Commissioner Thomas J. Evans had 3,379 votes. John V. Kelly III, received 2,922 voted replacing retired Public Affairs Commissioner Steven L. Rogers.
“To say the least, it was an extraordinary election with 8,400 votes, a tie, pretty remarkable.[…] We agreed within a matter of minutes that we would work together and that I would take the first 2 years, and he the last 2 years,” said Tucci.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and Governor Phil Murphy’s stay at home order, Nutley’s May municipal elections were moved to mail-in ballots only. Tucci said the election had its advantages and disadvantages. “It was confusing, very confusing. With the pandemic it was very difficult and put the new candidates at a disadvantage. It was a delicate balance. It was challenging to say the least but I’m very happy with the results,” he said.
With the elections behind them, Mayor Tucci and the board will soon be finalizing Nutley’s 2020 municipal budget. “We have a very important work to do, and we are going to work together to make sure the town stays together.” He said.
The 2020 Municipal Budget was introduced by Commissioner Evans on May 5. A public hearing will be held during the June 4 Board of Commissioners meeting, which will then be voted on. Visit the township's website: Municipal Budget to view the full proposed budget.
Mayor Tucci said that although all Nutley parks and recreation activities are canceled until further notice, the tennis courts on Owens Field are open for singles matches only. There is a one hour time limit and staff is monitoring the courts.
While county parks recently opened, Nutley township parks never closed during the pandemic. Tucci said playgrounds will remain closed until further notice.
The next Board of Commissioners meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 2 via Zoom.
To gain access to the meeting go to zoom.us/j/98805921694. Password: 876956. For those without computer access or mobile device you may dial into the meeting at: (number based on your current location) US: +1 929 205 6099; +1 312 626 6799; +1 301 715 8592; +1 346 248 7799; +1 669 900 6833; or +1 253 215 8782. Meeting ID: 988 0592 1694.
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