PERTH AMBOY – City Council members failed to adopt an ordinance that would have switched Perth Amboy’s non-partisan municipal elections from May to November starting in 2012 at last week’s meeting.
The move, which is supported by Mayor Wilda Diaz, is intended to save money and bring more people to the polls. Perth Amboy currently spends about $50,000 to run the election.
Councilmen Fernando Gonzalez and Ken Balut, and Council President Peter Jimenez argued to delay the decision, while Councilman Robert Sottilaro and Councilwoman Geraldine Bolanowski voted in favor of the date change.
In January, state lawmakers adopted a bill allowing municipalities that run non-partisan elections in May to switch them to November. The change, which must be made through a local ordinance, would remain in effect for a minimum of ten years. Officials’ terms that would be due to expire before the new election date would be extended until the end of the calendar year.
Earlier this month, Spotswood approved an ordinance to switch to November municipal elections.