PATERSON, NJ - With the education fate of nearly 30,000 students and control of an almost $600 million budget up for grabs, voters went to the polls in droves on Tuesday to elect five of the nine members of the Board of Education.

The members of the newly reconstituted board will officially take their seats in January and play an outsized role in the transition back to local control of Paterson’s public school system for time since 1991.

In addition to votes cast at the polls a large number of mail-in ballots are left to be counted and certification is several days away.

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As of this writing the unofficial results reflect that Manny Martinez, Jr, Nakima Redmon, and Oshin Castillo are leading other candidates to secure the available three-year terms with Vincent Arrington and Eddy Pichardo tentatively taking the two one-year spots that were up for grabs.


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