New Milford Voters To Elect Two Council, Four School Board Members

A total of nine candidates are running in local elections—four for two seats on the Council, and four for three, three-year terms and one for a one-year term on the BOE. Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

New Milford voters will go to the polls Tuesday, amid the continuing power outages, gas rationing and general sense of uncertainty Sandy left in its wake, with two Borough Council seats and two contested Board of Education seats at stake.

As in so many Bergen County towns, where polling locations had to be moved or changed, New Milford voters will vote in two places depending on district. District 1 through 7 will vote at Berkley School and Districts 8 and 9 will vote at the New Milford Library.

Republican incumbent, and Council President, Howard Berner, is running with former councilman Peter Rebsch while Democratic incumbent Austin Ashley is running with former councilman Michael Putrino.  

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In the Board of Education race, four candidates are in the running for three, three-year terms. One candidate, Christopher Ryan, is running uncontested for a one-year term.

Incumbents are Darren Drake, current Vice President of the BOE, and Joseph Steele. The two other candidates vying for a three-year term are Laura O'Grady and James Prendergast.

Wendy November 07, 2012 at 06:34 AM
I have to disagree with you Ulises. Clearly SOD did endorse candidates. Miriam Pickett even offered congratulations to Mike Putrino and Austin Ashley after the results were posted on th patch. She thanked them for being such good friends of the SOD and mentioned that together we can take our town back. If you read back on many of the topics from the last few months you will clearly see that som SOD members favored Ashley and Putrino. As far as the SOD being able to speak at PTO meeting, I think it was a big mistake by the school system to allow anyone to speak. This is a political issue and clearly swayed the vote towards Ashley/Putrino.
Lori Barton November 07, 2012 at 12:48 PM
Wendy, you are correct that individual SOD members backed candidates. But individual SOD members backed both Republican and Democratic candidates. Patch posts from the last few months show SOD members supporting Berner/Rebsch and others show support for Putrino/Ashley. SOD as an entity did NOT endorse any candidates and made that very clear in ALL correspondence. If you were on the SOD email list you would have seen that very clearly. All emails stressed that SOD did not endorse anyone and only urged people to vote. SOD also tried to keep our members informed of the changes in the balloting locations. When political signs started going up around town, the SOD executive board voted to NOT display any signs until after hearing ALL of the candidates at Candidates Night. I sincerely doubt that what was said at 2 PTO meetings, to a total of about 50 people, in very brief presentations, swayed this election, especially since there was never any mention of the upcoming election or the candidates. Taking the time from our very busy lives to address residents of this community to alert them to the plans for the UW property is something that SOD felt was important. You would be amazed to find out how many in those small groups still had no idea what was planned on that property. Educating the public was, and is, our goal.
Ulises November 07, 2012 at 02:48 PM
Wendy, Lori summed it up best. SOD is made of Republicans, Democrats and Independents. Miriam being excited for her choice is her opinion not SOD's.
james November 07, 2012 at 07:22 PM
Wendy I can assure you that the candidates were chosen for various reasons. All you had to do was drive around NM and you would know that there were signs for SOD that also had signs for Berner and Rebsch. I believe a lot of people voted against them solely because they saw them as being aligned with the Mayor. As for the signs as you walked into to vote I sure do hope that the people of NM were informed before election day and a sign did not influence them. FOD failed because of the reasons that many have stated in the past. The Mayor and anyone affiliated with her and her decision to ignore the voice of the people. SOD has done a wonderful job of educating the public without politics. I know because my stance is totally opposite of what it was when I first started to educate myself about the UW development.


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