Elections Top Stories

November 9, 2019

WAYNE, NJ – On October 30, Ward Four Democrat Town Council challenger, Ken Tahan suffered a stroke.  He fought hard and those close to him thought he would survive, but Ken’s battle ended today when he passed away. Tahan is survived by his wife Sharon and his three children. TAPinto Wayne had ...

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WAYNE, NJ -  The Wayne Township Clerk's Office has released their preliminary Board of Education Write-in votes including Mail-in votes, showing WEA-backed candidate Dawn Kumar in the lead over the other WEA-backed candidate James Fera by sixty-six votes, making this race still too close to call ...

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WAYNE, NJ – Before the mail-in ballots were counted, three of the Wayne Town Council seats up for election were still a little too close to call.  With the Mail-in ballots now in, two races have tightened up and one has widened. It’s clear by the mail-in ballots that the Wayne Democrats worked ...

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WAYNE, NJ - TAPinto Wayne received the raw data of write-in names for Wayne Board of Education from the town Clerk and performed an unofficial hand-count of the votes, with the top two candidates separated by six votes out of the 2,064 write-in votes cast.  Dawn Kumar - 608 Votes - 29.45% of ...

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WAYNE, NJ – The polls closed at 8:00pm today and the preliminary results from the Wayne Town Clerk are in.  These are the tally of votes from the voting machines.  The tally from Ward Five, District 4 has not come in yet.  PRELIMINARY RESULTS Wayne Board of Education Projected ...

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WAYNE, NJ - While this result is based only on a preliminary count of ballots cast on the voting machines today, and is NOT the official result, it is projected that five of the six Wayne Town Council seats will remain in Republican hands. Ward Five Democrat Francine Ritter is the projected ...

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WAYNE, NJ – In Four different locations in four of Wayne’s six wards, TAPinto Wayne surveyed one hundred random Wayne residents asking about general knowledge of the local elections.  Here are the results: Did you know today was election day? Yes:     82                     No:      ...

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WAYNE, NJ –November 5, 2019 is election day across the State of New Jersey.  Many consider this election cycle to be a slow one because there are no Federal positions to be decided locally.  No President, no Senators or Congressional seats, means no national media coverage and no State media ...

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Wayne Sixth Ward Councilman Jon Ettman is a litigator. He deals in a lot of personal injury cases, business-related cases and his firm has also been involved very heavily in bullying cases. “We get involved when a child may have been badly harmed because of a school’s inaction in resolving the ...

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WAYNE, NJ – An election advertisement appearing in a Wayne publication has touched off a controversy within the Wayne Board of Education (BOE) with accusations of hypocrisy, impropriety and questions of conflicted interests in current negotiations between the BOE and the Wayne Education Association ...

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Francine, “Call me Fran,” Ritter was born and raised in the Bronx, and attended the Fiorello LaGuardia High School of Music and Art for fine arts. She started college at SUNY StonyBrook but transferred and graduated from the NYU Stern School of Business. Ritter then got her Law degree from Suffolk ...

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Aileen Rivera moved to Wayne in 2009 with her husband Joe after their grown children had all moved out of their home in Woodland Park. The empty nesters wanted a smaller place to live and chose a townhouse in Wayne. “We were looking for a place that offered an amazing quality of life and, in our ...

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Kenneth Tahan, the Democrat Candidate for Ward Four moved to Wayne when he was ten years old entering the Wayne school system until graduation from Wayne Valley High School. “Then I went to William Paterson College where I received a degree in Psychology.” After his college graduation, Tahan moved ...

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Nineteen years ago, Christian Smith, the Budget Hawk Candidate for the Ward Four Council seat moved to Wayne. “It took us about two years to find the right home,” said Smith.  “We knew how great the school system was in Wayne and we looked at several properties before we found the right ...

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Joe Scuralli has lived in Wayne his entire life and currently lives one house down from where he was raised and where his Mother lives now. He went DePaul Catholic High School, then attended the University of Scranton for one year before coming back to New Jersey and earning both his bachelor’s and ...

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Karen Dowicz-Haas grew up the fifth of eight children in Jackson Heights in Queens. “One of the most diverse places in the country, if not the world,” she said.   Her father was born in Poland and during World War II, spent eighteen months in a Soviet prison camp before escaping and eventually ...

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Although born and raised in Little Falls, current President of the Wayne Town Council Franco Mazzei went to high school in Wayne at Neumann Prep, graduating in 1989. College was at Villanova University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science, before immediately going into the ...

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Al Sadowski was not born in Wayne, but he was raised here, moving to the township when the Republican Councilman from Ward Two was ten years old. He attended Randall Carter school, the original Anthony Wayne, then George Washington and attended Wayne Valley High School, graduating in 1988. From ...

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Dianne Douthat began teaching music in the Wayne school districts in the 1990s and soon realized how much she loved the town. “I really loved the way the parents were so involved with the schools and the coaching programs and girl scouts and boy scouts,” she said. “There was a lot of civic ...

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Ward One Councilman Rich Jasterzbski (pronounced: Ya-streb-ski) has been working hard his whole life.  “I started working at eleven years old, and I’m still working,” he said proudly.  He’s been partners with his brother Tom for close to forty years, working in the automotive distribution ...

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“The roots in my family go way back in Wayne,” said Arlene Sullivan, the Democrat candidate for Ward One. “My Dad’s family moved here when he was young. He lived in a tent while his house was being built.” This was in the early 1920s. “What’s interesting is my Mom’s backyard was near where my Dad’s ...

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WAYNE, NJ – November 5 is Election Day and all six Wayne Township Ward seats are up for election this cycle.  On September 26, the League of Women Voters held their candidates forum at the Wayne Town Hall.  During the forum, all the candidates in attendance answered seven questions that came from ...

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WAYNE, NJ – November 5 is Election Day and all six Wayne Township Ward seats are up for election this cycle.  On September 26, the League of Women Voters held their candidates forum at the Wayne Town Hall.  During the forum, all the candidates in attendance answered seven questions that came from ...

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WAYNE, NJ – November 5 is Election Day and all six Wayne Township Ward seats are up for election this cycle.  On September 26, the League of Women Voters held their candidates forum at the Wayne Town Hall.  During the forum, all the candidates in attendance answered seven questions that came from ...

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WAYNE, NJ – November 5 is Election Day and all six Wayne Township Ward seats are up for election this cycle.  On September 26, the League of Women Voters held their candidates forum at the Wayne Town Hall.  During the forum, all the candidates in attendance answered seven questions that came from ...

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WAYNE, NJ – November 5 is Election Day and all six Wayne Township Ward seats are up for election this cycle.  On September 26, the League of Women Voters held their candidates forum at the Wayne Town Hall.  During the forum, all the candidates in attendance answered seven questions that came from ...

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WAYNE, NJ – November 5 is Election Day and all six Wayne Township Ward seats are up for election this cycle.  On September 26, the League of Women Voters held their candidates forum at the Wayne Town Hall.  During the forum, seven questions were asked of the candidates in attendance.  The questions ...

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WAYNE, NJ - “We’re short on poll workers in Wayne Township, and all across Passaic County,” said Wayne Township Clerk, Paul Margiotta. Election day is Tuesday, November 5 and unless there are enough poll workers it’s a possibility that there will be delays at each polling site, making things ...

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PASSAIC COUNTY, NJ – November 5, 2019 is Election Day and the Board of Elections of Passaic County is looking for your help in one of two ways:  they are inviting people to participate in a mock election, which will also help them test their new voting machines; and they are looking for people to ...

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WAYNE, NJ – Candidates for four of the six Wayne ward council seats sat together to answer questions from their constituents in their first and only group forum hosted by the Wayne League of Women Voters. For the most part, the event was very civil and respectful, but there were a few remarks made ...

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