Voters Were More Willing To Approve School Budgets

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STATE – Voters were more likely to pass their local school district budgets this year. Statewide, nearly 80 percent of budgets passed according to the New Jersey School Boards Association. Last year, voters rejected 59 percent of the proposed budgets.

Just four failed in Middlsex County and two in Union County according to the unofficial tallies of machine-cast ballots. Last year, voters rejected about half of the budget proposals in Middlesex County and a third in Union County.

The unofficial vote totals below do not include absentee or provisional ballots.

Berkeley Heights

Budget
> Yes – 1,403
- No – 873

> Paul Beisser – 1,385
> Gerard Crisonino – 1,281
- Ronald Davison – 670

Carteret

Budget
> Yes – 663
- No – 400

> Jerome Mitchell – 706
- Donna Kenney – 527
> Lydia Singura – 664
- Gilbert Baez – 469
- Jason Miles – 509
> Andrew Halkovich – 583

Clark

Budget
> Yes – 885
- No – 388

> Carmen Brocato – 668
> Michael Bonaccorso – 769
> Laura Caliguire – 793

Cranbury

Budget
> Yes – 333
- No – 180

> Jennifer K. Cooke – 367
- Pramod N. Chivate – 292
> Kevin G. Fox – 328
> M. Evelyn Spann – 317

Cranford

Budget
> Yes – 1,459
- No – 959

> Jo Ann Boyle – 1,624
> Michael Caulfield – 1,528
> Trevor Shaw – 1,554

Dunellen

Budget
- Yes – 253
> No – 285

> George Johnson – 352
> Barbara Mcguane – 325
> Phillip C. Heiney, Sr. – 338

One-year unexpired term
> Jeffrey Portik – 359

East Brunswick

Budget
> Yes – 2,524
- No – 2,060

> Todd Simmens – 2,626
> Laurie Lachs – 2,812
- Andrew Baharlias – 1,819
> Kathleen Spiegler – 2,565

Edison

Budget
> Yes – 3,760
- No – 3,535

- Anu Garrison – 2,682
- William F. Brunner – 1,307
- Arthur Esposito – 886
- Anthony F. Massaro – 2,601
> Frank Heelan – 2,741
> Sapana Shah – 3,152
- Lois Yukna – 1,935
> Gene I. Maeroff – 3,038
- William H. Van Pelt – 1,057

Elizabeth

Budget
> Yes – 1,947
- No – 1,033

> Francisco Gonzalez – 2,557
- Jose Marcos Rodriguez – 1,833
> Paul Perreira – 2,367
- Charlene Bathelus – 1,585
> Fernando Nazco – 2,114
- Silvia P. Nasi – 1,486

Fanwood

Budget
> Yes – 664
- No – 342

- Michael Lewis – 186
- Margaret Savoca – 246
> Jeanne Cleary – 423

Garwood

Budget
> Yes – 446
- No – 191

Full-day Kindergarten & extra-curricular activities
> Yes – 415
- No – 220

> Aaron J. Watkins – 320
> Christine Guerriero – 392

Helmetta/Spotswood

Budget
- Yes – 284
> No – 300

> Donna Faulkenberry – 440

Two-year unexpired term
> William Loschiavo – 298
- Dulce Branco-Rivera – 124

Highland Park

Budget
> Yes – 1,092
- No – 525

> Gregory Deatz – 1,027
> Daniel J. Ross – 1,101
> Jessie Hughes – 1,029
- Joshua M. Fine – 572

Two-year unexpired term
> Chandra Pointer-Titus – 1,051

Hillside

Budget
> Yes – 430
- No – 365

> Nathalie Eve Yafet – 639
> Natalie Scott – 656
- Cathy L. Witter – 280
- Christopher James –168
- Felisha L. Rich – 182
> Rayba Watson – 517
- Kenneth C. Gaines – 244

One-year unexpired term
- Michael Chavis – 339
> Robert Trotte – 372

Jamesburg

Budget
> Yes – 230
- No – 179

> Linda Newton – 188
> Salvatore Brucato – 182
> William Maresca – 181

Kenilworth

Budget
> Yes – 450
- No – 262

> Hector E. Colon – 419
> Nancy Zimmerman – 466
- Barbara Lospinoso – 360
> Annmarie Duda – 455

Linden

Budget
- Yes – 843
> No – 968

3 three-year terms
> Louis Scaldino – 986
> Bryan A. Russell – 1,015
> Dylan Frank – 1,199
- Charlette Richardson – 985
- Carmen Southward – 986

Note: After absentee ballots were counted, Frank had 1,284 votes; Russell 1,096, Scaldino 1,061, Southward 1,038 and Richardson 1,025

Metuchen

Budget
> Yes – 1,118
- No – 553

> Dan E. Benderly – 999
> Jacqueline J. ‘Jackie’ Gibson – 1,018
- Mark Camera – 769
> Arthur M. Flaherty, Sr. – 1,181

Middlesex

Budget
> Yes – 745
- No – 542

> Steve Yacik – 704
- Michael J. Allen, Jr. – 282
> Diane Bensinger – 479
- John R. Hrevnack – 400
> Sharon Schueler – 453
- Phillip C. Heiney, Jr. – 409
- Anthony D. Cole – 393

Milltown

Budget
> Yes – 460
- No – 447

> Felipe Zambrana, Jr. – 361
- Frank Amato – 231
- Vincent Marano – 291
> Patricia Payne – 443
> JoAnne Demetrio – 456
- John Cunningham – 214

Monroe

Budget
- Yes – 2,239
> No – 3,345

Full-day Kindergarten
- Yes – 1,782
> No – 3,565

> Amy Antelis – 2,835
> Kathy Kolupanowich – 2,698
- Kathy Leonard – 2,680
> Ken Chiarella – 2,716

Mountainside

Budget
> Yes – 591
- No – 395

> Cathy Jakositz – 582
> Dante Gioia – 575
- Maureen Hess – 418

One-year unexpired term
> Carolyn Williams – 457
- Jeane Parker – 447

New Providence

Budget
> Yes – 1,049
- No – 504

> John Wolak – 992
- Gail Libertucci – 682
> Ira W. Krauss – 716

North Brunswick

Budget
> Yes – 1,583
- No – 963

> Seema Moondra – 812
> Connie Corbin – 1,003
- Michael Rizzi – 412
> Ramnarayan Tirumala – 725
- Scott Logan – 451
- Anthony Brooks – 684
- William Bonura – 630
- Marlene Fox – 608
- Linda F. Massa – 615

Old Bridge

Budget
> Yes – 1,986
- No – 1,462

> Donna Andriani – 1,661
- Glenn D’antuono – 1,059
> Frank R. Weber – 1,507
- David L. Josselyn – 612
- Kevin G. Borsilli – 1,429
> Richard J. Dunn – 1,584

Perth Amboy

Budget
> Yes – 554
- No – 326

> Dianne Roman – 635
> Eric Rodgers – 633
- Nina Perkins-Nieves – 583
> Milady Tejeda – 593
- Jacqueline Rodriguez-Sanchez – 562

Piscataway

Budget
> Yes – 2,115
- No – 1,131

> Alexandra Lopez – 1,514
- Hector Perez – 1,082
> Paula A. Y. Mass – 1,483
> Mark R. Okamoto – 1,426
- Atif Nazir – 1,282
- Jasmine A. Lawrence-Lewis-Ileks – 639

Plainfield

Budget
> Yes – 518
- No – 445

> Alex Edache – 851
> Jameelah Surgeon – 880
- Agurs L. Cathcart – 611
> Dorien Hurtt – 749

Rahway

Budget
> Yes – 570
- No – 606

> Deborah Bridges – 663
> Edward Quinn – 692
> Ray Lopez – 685
- Peter Kowal – 602

Roselle

Budget
> Yes – 456
- No – 341

> Archange Antoine – 636
- Antigua Santos – 355
- Michelle Bey – 366
- Erick Cedano – 490
> Lorraine Brooks-Body – 412
- Robin Randolph-Henderson – 329
- Kerry Pogue-Napoleon – 429
> Donna Obe – 487
- Carla R. Palin – 116

One-year unexpired term
> Richard Villeda – 532
- Joann Blount –381

Roselle Park

Budget
> Yes – 627
- No – 322

> Christopher L. Miller – 584
> Jason Tribiano – 475
> Barbara Sokol – 591
- Troy Gerten – 369

Sayreville

Budget
> Yes – 1,409
- No – 1,389

> Phyllis Batko – 1,640
- Pasquale ‘Pat’ Lembo – 1,398
> Michael J. Macagnone – 1,476
> Beth De Pinto – 1,595

Scotch Plains

Budget
> Yes – 1,509
- No – 847

> Douglas Layne – 1,116
> Victor Devizio – 767
- Melanie Root – 730
> Warren McFall – 979

South Amboy

Budget
> Yes – 272
- No – 261

> Janet Kern – 354
> Stanley Jankowski – 333

South Brunswick

Budget
> Yes – 2,136
- No – 1,529

> Deven M. Patel – 1,539
- Raymond A. Kuehner, Jr. – 1,520
> Arthur L. Robinson – 1,537
> Patrick Del Piano – 1,808
- Edward Birch – 804
- Matthew J. Speesler – 1,397

South Plainfield

Budget
- Yes – 912
> No – 1,020

- Steven D. Bohn – 715
- Jignesh Shah – 525
- Michael Gregov – 492
> Sharon R. Miller – 906
> Joseph Sorrentino – 765
- Pio Pennisi – 624
> John T. Farinella, Jr. – 730

South River

Budget
> Yes – 521
- No – 451

- William S. England – 518
> Anthony Razzano – 656
> Shenetta Turner-Smith – 621
> Regis Wyluda – 523

Springfield

Budget
> Yes – 684
- No – 392

> Steven Wolcott – 661
> Steve Friedman – 600
> Scott Samansky – 645

Spotswood

Budget
- Yes – 284
> No – 300

> Donna Faulkenberry– 440

Two-year unexpired term

> William Loschiavo – 298
- Dulce Branco-Rivera – 124

Union

Budget
> Yes – 1,321
- No – 760

> Vito A. Nufrio – 1,210
> Francis R. Perkins – 1,210
> Eduardo Espinal – 1,121

West Windsor / Plainsboro

Budget
> Yes – 517
- No – 472

- Alapakkam ‘Mani’ Manikandan – 407
> Rachelle Feldman Hurwitz – 500

Westfield

Budget
> Yes – 2,400
- No – 1,650

> Rosanne L. Kurstedt – 2,065
- Karym Hoens – 919
> Ann Ormsby Cary – 1,336
- Keith Hertell – 1,214
- Joseph Miceli – 1,203
- Jessica L. Blessing – 390
> Mark Friedman – 1,856
- Jennifer Silva – 1,066

Winfield

Budget
> Yes – 126
- No – 56

3 three-year terms
- Nicole Brighouse – 70
> Ann Marie Weiss – 122
Lorraine Schwarze – 86
> Carolyn Gerhart – 110
Virginia Blackwell – 86

Woodbridge

Budget
> Yes – 3,128
- No – 2,833

> Frank Della Pietro Iii – 2,784
- David Pinkowitz – 1,259
> Monica Michelle Smith – 2,477
- Diane C. Acquisto – 1,668
> Brian Molnar – 3,007
- John Vrtaric – 1,853
- Thomas E. Maras – 1,288


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