EDISON – Democrat Antonia “Toni” Ricigliano will be Edison’s first female mayor when she takes office in January.
“It truly feels wonderful to be the first woman mayor in Edison,” Ricigliano said on election night. “We have a lot of work ahead of us and I’m up to the task.”
According to the unofficial tallies, Ricigliano won over 4,000 votes more than her opponent. Ricigliano got 12,193 to Republican Dennis Pipala’s 8,005. Independent candidates Peter Cerrato and Joseph A. Coyle won 458 and 405 votes respectively.
The three council candidates on Ricigliano’s ticket also won. Councilman Robert Diehl got 11,484 votes, Thomas Lankey got 11,100 votes and Charles Tomaro got 11,313 votes.
Ricigliano, 70, has been a member of Edison’s township council twice. She beat incumbent Mayor Jun Choi in a bitterly-fought June primary for the Democratic Party nomination.
Thomas Paterniti, chairman of the Edison Democratic Party, was pleased with the election results. “Edison is going to be headed in a very positive direction under Ricigliano’s leadership,” he said.
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