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Democrats Take Election In Unofficial Count; Field Of Dreams Defeated

Preliminary counts show Putrino and Ashley take the election, while residents cast a resounding 'no' for the Field of Dreams.

In an unofficial count, Democratic incumbent Austin Ashley and his running mate, Michael Putrino have won the two open seats on the council, unseating Council President Howard Berner.

Putrino, who served a previous term as councilman, came in with the most votes at 3,161, followed by Ashley who garnered 2,956. Berner received 2,583 votes, while his running mate Peter Rebsch received 2,584.

Perhaps the most resounding loss of the night was the defeat of the 'Field of Dreams' referendum. 2,858 votes were cast against it, while only 1,669 were cast in support of it.

However, the open space question did pass with 2,757 votes in favor and 1,840 votes against.

In the Board of Education election, unofficial results for the three three-term spots have incumbent Joseph Steele leading the pack with 1,427 votes, followed by Laura O'Grady with 1,414 votes, Darren Drake with 997 votes and James Prendergast with 878 votes. Christopher Ryan ran uncontested for a one-year term.

All of these results do not include absentee or provisional ballots.

Check back with Patch for official results.

Lisa Tantsits November 07, 2012 at 03:07 AM
Our high school track floods and the softball field that I played on in high school isn't even used because it is in such bad shape. I have lived here my whole life and am now raising my kids here and it would have been wonderful to have someplace that wasn't underwater numerous times.
miriam pickett November 07, 2012 at 03:34 AM
Congratulations to Mike and Austin. You have been good friends to SOD and I for one am very grateful. Together we will win back our town.
Tammy DeSena November 07, 2012 at 03:36 AM
It breaks my heart that people don't realize how important a beautiful sports and multiuse facility is needed by all and that the small amount we would have paid would have been out measured by the years of enjoyment had by all young and old.
Tara November 07, 2012 at 03:58 AM
Taxes will be raised anyway, why not something to better the town? It really is a shame-New Milford's current fields are in sad shape.
NM Resident November 07, 2012 at 04:36 AM
The DEO FOD plan is dead. The idea of a real FOD in NM is not dead. What is dead is a bad "plan B" location for the field- a plan which showed less care for the local community around DOE MS, responsible flood mitigation planning, our own NM town finances, and the real safety of the residents of our community- than blind desire for a sports complex in NM. Unfortunately, this is where the FOD committee, NM Rec, NMLL, and the BOE have let us all down in their public support and voicing of the FOD DOE concept. In the last few months, the likelyhood of the UW property remaining with the residents in NM, as a viable option for the FOD (the original location proposed by and for the FOD) went seemingly unspoken by those in a position to guide the block of votes in support of the project.This is where responsible, prudent planning SHOULD have taken a step back from pushing the DEO alternative. Everyone who wants a true FOD in NM needs to now know that a better plan, one that provides the real potential for a fully realized community space, sports complex, flood mitigation, a field not controlled by the BOE and solely paid for by the townspeople, etc.. IS STILL POSSIBLE in NM. Keep the pressure on our local officials, consider supporting SOD- and we can all help bring the UW property back around to the people of NM. NM, lets work together to build the opportunity for ourselves to put a real, fully realized and un compromised field complex in NM for our community
M November 07, 2012 at 05:28 AM
As a resident of Marion Ave., I apologize for my extreme happiness that this was voted down. New Milford is a great town, and I'm proud to say I grew up here. Why has nothing been done over these 15 years to save the sports facility at the high school. It took a while just to get new bleachers after Floyd. I understand the importance of my local community. I started working in this community when I was 14. But, please, no one bought their house with hopes and dreams that stadium lights and PA systems would flood their living rooms. That is only the minor issue. The flooding on our block is what concerns us most. French drains were put in across the street and we all had to get sump pumps. You're new plan introduces a new drainage system, but the people of Marion Ave are concerned that you'll flood us even more. Therefore, the people of Marion Ave are not mad about lights, PA systems, or traffic issues but the actual flooding of their homes. We are not against a division 1 field but let's be compassionate and respectful for those in the local community. It's okay everyone until it's shining in your bedroom window.
M November 07, 2012 at 05:34 AM
Exactly New Milford as a town was a great town to grow up in with great higher education opportunities.
M November 07, 2012 at 05:49 AM
So it doesn't matter because your house is not impacted? We lost our basement after the French drains were put in but you don't live here so you don't care. We are all New Milford residents. We should all care for each other.
Wendy November 07, 2012 at 06:00 AM
How happy i am to read that the FOD was voted down. Why don't the supporters of this stupid idea start putting their energy in to fighting for something that will really benefit the children of this town....a better school system! Come on residents look at some of the other towns in Bergen County, their school systems are a hell of a lot better then ours. Wake up and fight for what will really help our children, A BETTER SCHOOL SYSTEM!!!
Jose A. Camacho, Esq. November 07, 2012 at 08:23 AM
To some extent I agree with NM Resident. I dont believe the rejection of DEO FOD should be seen as a defeat for the FOD in general. I think most who originally supported the FOD did so as originally proposed at the United Water property. We need to look at this election as a clear message that the residents dont want to see the Hekemian proposed development at the United Water property suceed, but instead want the see the proposed development denied by the zoning board and challenged in court by the Mayor and council if necessary. Passage of open space funding indicates a desire to reclaim space as open space. I think this is specifically the rezoning of United Water property as open space and purchase of the property after the Hekemian developement is defeated for the purpose of placing the Field of Dreams at the United Water Property where it can be more appropriately used by the entire community without negatively impacting the surrounding community. As far as concentrating on improving our school system. I am totally in agreement with Wendy that the most important thing we can do to benefit out town and the community is to better our school system. What most be acknowledged by all is that improving our school system would in almost all scenarios require an improvement of the schools infrastructure and amenities including an adequate sports complex. Most blue ribbon schools have state of the art sports complexes along with science labs, computer rooms etc.
karen November 07, 2012 at 10:42 AM
Thank you Wendy well said
Terrie McColl November 07, 2012 at 11:50 AM
Congratulations Austin and Mike!!
james November 07, 2012 at 12:04 PM
Once again that is not an accurate portrayal. It was not a multiuse facility since it did not accommodate every sport. Track and field were not going to be accommodated. A field is needed and now perhaps work on a field that will truly be for all the children and the residents will be planned.
Tony November 07, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Yes, our kids need a place to play sports. But they don't need a "Field of Dreams" to do it. A decent field with adequate drainage - not adding to flooding in the surrounding community - and very limited lighting would suffice. Do kids need turf, crazy amounts of lighting, etc.? A field is one thing. Outfitting our kids as if they're professional athletes is another. What happened to cutting your teeth with basics? You could argue that they're competing against other teams with such amenities. But I'd still say that they'd probably learn and improve more with basics and go beat the teams on their lavish fields/stadiums. When I played football for River Dell in the 80's it was a rare treat to play at a field in the evening that had lights. Ridgefield Park was the ONE football team we played that had such a field. It's just another example where throwing money at something doesn't solve the problem. If the problem is a decent place to play, then fight for just that instead of so many more amenities than necessary.
karen November 07, 2012 at 02:52 PM
Again, is disgraceful the lengths some of these FOD commitee members went to have this passed. shame on the boe for allowing them to hand out political flyers on property, and if the boe didn't know, shame on them for not knowing what is going on their property. I heard from mutliple people at work that there were people outside Berkley telling people to vote "yes" . although I voted earlier and already had my mind made up before I left the house if I heard that, I would have done the total opposite.that is pretty low.
robin commerford November 07, 2012 at 07:00 PM
I don't understand why people think that the children of N.M. are so deprived of a new football field. Don't we have a football field now? Yes, we have plenty of athletic fields. Why can't we maintain the fields we have and save a bunch of money? I am so happy the election went the way it did. Congrats to our newly elected town councilmen!
Carlos morales November 08, 2012 at 01:00 AM
Maybe we should have put in to vote for a 3 million dollar renovation of our power grid instead of a vote for a 3 million dollar field...
TARA November 08, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Its sad to see that people who don't agree with putting another field in New Milford is flagged as INAPPROPRIATE....I also agree, we don't need another field. I went to David E Owens school and fed the ducks swimming in the fields after rain storms. Maybe we should move our power plant out of a swamp first before thinking of putting up another field. Put money into fixing the beautiful fields we already have. I don't want my taxes raised anymore for this nonsense. To hear remarks such as "our poor children?" You have to just sit back and laugh at the way people think. I have noticed more and more the shrinking attendance of the town participation in the activities in New Milford, maybe its not the fields with problems. Think about that!!!!
TARA November 08, 2012 at 02:45 PM
IT MAKES ME SAD THAT PEOPLE THINK A SMALL TOWN NEED MORE THAT 4 FIELDS...
tony mac November 08, 2012 at 04:17 PM
Kudos to you and all who voted against the Fod. Why not press the board of Ed for better maintenance people. There are trees lying on the middle school field that fell last year. The softball field has trucks, trailers, and misc. equipment parked on it all the time. Why not send someone from the main. Dept. to rutgers for turf management classes. Kill the crab grass and seed it more often. Why spend 3 mil for a new field because no one knows how to maintain what we already have?
GNOBIE01 November 10, 2012 at 08:52 PM
TRY LETTING THEM PLAY IN THE SCHOOL'S FIELD...WE CANNOT AFFORD TO SPEND MILLIONS ON A BASEBALL FIELD IN THIS ECONOMY....
GNOBIE01 November 10, 2012 at 08:54 PM
THERE IS A GREAT FIELD AT THE END OF NEW MILFORD ON BOULEVARD..NEAR ORADELL AVE...HAVEN'T SEEN THAT ONE FLOOD SINCE I MOVED IN TEN YEARS AGO
Debra Putrino November 11, 2012 at 09:09 PM
Congratulations Mike and Austin. I know you will both do a great job!
TARA November 12, 2012 at 03:24 AM
I agree with you Karen. I said it directly to them.
TARA November 12, 2012 at 03:25 AM
THUMBS UP.
TARA November 12, 2012 at 03:26 AM
HAPPY TO HAVE YOU BACK MIKE.
TARA November 12, 2012 at 03:45 AM
THE GREAT FIELD AT THE END OF NEW MILFORD ON BOULEVARD NEAR ORADELL AVE IS AN ORADELL FIELD...THATS WHY IT DOESN'T FLOOD. THEIR TOWN IS FOR THE KIDS, NOT FOR ANOTHER FOOLISH TOWN PROJECT SO THESE DIRECTORS OF TOWN SPORTS HAVE ANOTHER CLICK TO HANG OUT WITH. THE QUALITY OF RECREATIONAL SPORTS THAT I, MY SIBLINGS,MY KIDS, AND GRANDCHILDREN GREW UP WITH HAS DIMINISHED. TODAY YOU'RE HANDED A LINE OF BOLOGNA INSTEAD OF RESPECT AND ENCOURAGEMENT. ALSO TAKE A LOOK AT THE FEES THEY CHARGE YOU TO BE INVOLVED IN SPORTS IN THIS TOWN. FOR THAT PRICE YOU CAN GET PROFESSIONAL TRAINING. FIX THE FIELDS WE HAVE, PUT SOME BACK BONE INTO IT LIKE THEY DID BACK IN THE DAY.
TARA November 12, 2012 at 03:49 AM
I GREW UP IN THIS TOWN ALL MY LIFE AS WELL AND SO DID MY KIDS, AND NOW MY GRANDKIDS. FIX THE FIELDS WE HAVE. DON'T USE MY TAXES TO DO SO. I HAVE FIVE HOMES ON MY BLOCK IN FORECLOSURE. JUST TO LET YOU KNOW DAVID E OWENS SCHOOL FLOODS JUST AS MUCH AS THE OTHER 4 FIELDS. 4 FIELDS????? I CAN'T BELIEVE IT. GET PUMPS FOR THE OTHER FIELDS...NO MORE NEW FLOODING FIELDS IN NEW MILFORD OFF OF TAX PAYERS.
TARA November 12, 2012 at 03:52 AM
WELL SAID.
TARA November 12, 2012 at 03:54 AM
CHILDREN OF NM ARE NOT DEPRIVED. THE ADULTS ARE BORED.

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