LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Mayor James Damiano of Little Falls, NJ joined Brian Brodeur, TAPintoTV’s Executive Producer at East Main Media Studios, to have a wide-ranging conversation about local development, the success of the town farmers market, and ways to vote during the upcoming election.
Damiano, who is running for re-election this year, was born and raised in Little Falls, attended its public schools, and was first elected in 2016. The town has been going through some changes, as have many suburban communities surrounding New York City, due to high demand for real estate and new development. Damiano said that the performance of Little Falls’ schools and the effort to build projects that helped fortify Little Falls as a desirable place to live, explains the strong interest. “I think it’s going to be a real asset for us here in Little Falls,” he said.
One effort that has helped the community through the pandemic has been the town farmers market. Held on Sundays at the Municipal Building, it has been a lifeline for those who were apprehensive about shopping indoors. “What better place to go than an outdoor, open air market to get some of your produce?” Damiano asked. “It has been a real tribute to Little Falls and how resilient we really are here in town.” There are many fruits and vegetables at the market, but there are also vendors who sell more unique offerings, such as alpaca products. “There’s a lot more there than just some produce,” Damiano added. “It has turned out to be just an incredible success.”
Damiano took some time to explain the voting process for the upcoming election on November 3rd. “This year is a very different election,” he said. Governor Murphy opted to move the entire election to a vote-by-mail process due to the pandemic. Every registered voter in the state should have received a ballot in the mail by October 5th. “Once you receive your ballot, there are several options that you have,” Damiano explained.
One option is to fill out your ballot and return it to your county clerk via the U.S. Postal Service. Another is to fill out your ballot and bring it to a county drop box. Little Falls has their Passaic County ballot box located between the Municipal Building and the police station at 225 Main Street. The location is monitored by a camera 24/7. The third option is to return your ballot in person on Election Day to poll workers. Voters who do not receive a vote by mail ballot or who prefer to vote in person can cast a paper ballot at their designated polling location. Voters with disabilities that prevent them from voting by paper ballot will have access to a voting assistance device.
Damiano’s advice? If you are able, return your ballot any time before Election Day to the county ballot box.