LETTER OF ENDORSEMENT FOR North Caldwell West Essex Board of Education CANDIDATES Jann Skelton and Jill Marcus, from NORTH CALDWELL RESIDENT Robert Projansky
October 28, 2019
I write this in my personal capacity and not as a member, or on behalf, of the North Caldwell Board of Education.
Many have asked me who I support for the North Caldwell seats on the West Essex Board of Education. While I have the utmost respect for the service and dedication of all of the candidates, I
firmly endorse Jann Skelton and Jill Marcus.
North Caldwell and the entire West Essex region are at a crossroads, facing perhaps the most difficult challenges they have ever seen. The construction boom in our area creates extraordinary stress on our schools that will require a focus on forward-looking, strategic thinking, community engagement and student achievement.
When Jann served on the North Caldwell Board of Education, I witnessed firsthand how she was responsible for that forward-looking strategic thinking:
What’s more, having spent a lot of time talking with Jill about our schools, I know that, as an accomplished MBA and businesswoman, she shares the same strategic approach as Jann.
However, if there is one thing I have learned in my almost 10 years on the North Caldwell Board of Education, it is that even the greatest plans in the world are useless without full transparency and active communication of a Board’s vision. Without community buy-in, we cannot possibly achieve our goals.
Again, Jann and Jill have demonstrated full recognition of this indisputable fact.
Again, Jill shares these same values, encouraging our public officials to engage the community in its deliberative process.
Jann and Jill’s attention to these matters is evidence of their singular focus on creating an inclusive environment in which all students, no matter what their level, are best positioned to achieve their greatest potential.
I believe that they are uniquely qualified to achieve this goal and therefore endorse them. For those who are unconvinced, I encourage you to spend a few minutes with Jann and Jill, as I
suspect that will be all it takes for you to reach the same conclusion I did.
Roseland Green Board of Directors endorse Councilwoman Jean Perrotti,and challenger Marcelino “Moose” Trillo in the Roseland municipal elections
October 23, 2019
Dear Residents of Roseland,
This year, the Roseland Green Board of Directors endorse Councilwoman Jean Perrotti, and challenger Marcelino “Moose” Trillo in the Roseland municipal elections.
Councilwoman Perrotti was fiscally responsible and worked hard to have a very low .5% municipal tax increase this year and promises to give the same effort for next year’s budget. She expanded community outreach including updating the municipal website and TV station. She also put forth a fine effort regarding the concert in the park series and expanded the family picnic with additional food and games. Working on updating our
infrastructures, playgrounds, tennis courts and water lines were also overseen by Councilwoman Perrotti; and we thank her for her hard work and love for this borough.
Marcelino “Moose” Trillo brings a vast array of experience to the table involving our children and worthwhile organizational involvement. He is a board member of the NJ Charter School Association and has been teaching at the same school since the year 2000. He currently occupies the position of Vice Principal at Robert Treat Academy and coaches multiple sports including baseball, soccer, and basketball. He has 3 children in Noecker School and has lived amongst us for 13 years. Mr. Trillo also takes time out to be involved with Roseland Cub Scouts Pack 801. He has told us that, “I want to give back to this community that we love and set a positive example for my children.” We admire that.
Lastly, we want to thank ALL the candidates who are willing to give to their community. Taking time out and giving your efforts to your town is worthy of our respect as the majority of residents reap what you selflessly sow.
We haven’t mentioned anything about “party” thus far. We believe this and ALL elections from the municipal to the federal levels are about PEOPLE. We are choosing 2 competent, worthwhile people whose attributes far exceed the color of their ties. Unless we start seeking out our commonalities and truly internalize the word “Compromise,” the world we leave behind to our children will suffer. We believe and choose to ignore blue
vs. red and see this process as a captivating hue of purple……
Good luck to all the candidates!
The Roseland Green Board of Directors
October 25, 2019
"On August 7, 2019, an email was sent to Municipal Chairs in Caldwell alerting them of the need to possibly move voting locations due to construction and/or demolition of the parking deck at the Caldwell Community Center.
Correspondence from Caldwell’s Deputy Clerk on August 9, 2019 to the Essex County Board of Elections stated,
“I have spoken to the Administrator and the Mayor about the parking deck. They anticipate work to begin in September or early October depending on the award of the contract and the scheduling. The parking deck will not be available from mid to late September until mid-November.”
However, open bidding for the project was scheduled for October 24th , a month after the administration claimed construction would be starting.
The Mayor John Kelley fabricated a false story about construction on the parking to move voting locations. The Mayor was the one who initiated moving voting locations and neither of the two Republicans on Town Council were included in the original email dated July 12, 2019 to the Essex County Board of Elections.
This move was apparently made within the vacuum of the Mayor’s office, without alerting all of the Council members to his intention.
In his last correspondence to the Board of Elections on September 20, 2019, Mayor John Kelley did not bother to inform the Board that the open bid was taking place on October 24th and there would be no need to move voting locations.
A notification was then posted on the website that the project was “cancelled”, but the Mayor and Administrator never alerted the Essex County Board of Elections.
If it was not for this campaign alerting the Essex County Board of Elections, they would not have known of the project being cancelled. She had to email the town regarding the status of the parking deck and was told it was “delayed because of how close we are to winter now and what needs to be done on the bottom deck will not be able to be constructed in a timely manner.”
We maintain that this move was politically motivated and an ethics complaint is being made to the Department of Community Affairs."
Capozzoli and Penna for Council
October 20, 2019
"It has come to our attention that our opponents have referred to us as "dishonest" and "disingenuous", because of our platform about fixing infrastructure, and they claim we have left out certain facts. To be clear, we are not leaving out facts, we are simply focusing our campaign on the four current candidates for council and the issues that whomever is elected will face when elected.
The only reason we have referred to the previous administration is because one of our opponents, Pasquale Capozzoli, was a member of that administration.
In the words of Capozzoli & Penna For Council’s own mailer dated September 2019 (posted on their Facebook page on October 2nd):
“The former Borough Administrator sat on many of the projects that were initiated by the Republicans, which allowed them to fall into disrepair.” Those on the council, along with the Mayor, are responsible for the oversight of the Borough Administrator. Since Councilman Capozzoli has been on the council for six years, we are grateful that his own campaign is acknowledging that he was part of a lack of oversight that brought some of the Borough infrastructure into disrepair. On November 5th, the voters will decide if this admitted failed oversight is worthy of his reelection.
We believe Councilman Capozzoli has done his best in his six years on the council, however we believe we can do better. He, along with all other current and previous Mayors and Council members, deserve respect for stepping up to serve our community.
We have not and will not stoop to the personal attacks our opponents have, as there is no room for personal attacks in the better kind of politics towards which we strive. Additionally, we would like to point out that making generalizations about people because of their political party is stereotyping that has no place in a productive society or government.
Democrat or Republican, we believe all four candidates should be considered for election by the people of Caldwell based on their own records and statements. We believe campaigns should be about the public record and the validity of the ideas of those who seek them, not personal attacks or partisan generalizations."
Gates and DePalma-Iozzi for Caldwell
"Neal Goldstein is running for the West Essex Regional Board of Education in November, representing Roseland. I've known Neal for a very long time; our children are the same ages and we coached Roseland Recreation soccer teams together for many years. I've seen first-hand his commitment to children, Roseland, and doing the "right thing". He previously had served several terms on the Roseland Board of Education and is the right candidate with experience, prudence, patience, and perspective.
Please join me in November and #VoteNeal !"
"As a resident of Fairfield, the parent of two West Essex graduates, and recently-retired as superintendent of the West Essex School District, my firsthand knowledge of the West Essex Board of Education and their interactions with one another is significant. It is important for voters to consider the irrefutable fact that the current Board has been the one to guide West Essex Schools on the road to the excellence it has achieved.
This Board and the incumbent members are very familiar with past projects, the district budgets, and are well-versed in district policies. It is without question that they have been an integral part of the many successes the district has attained in academic programs, athletics, fine arts, and facility improvements, which combine to make our campus one that is envied by visitors to our schools.
Further, the success of the district’s new superintendent and new middle school principal will be strongly impacted by the Board of Education. Thus, this election is especially critical during this important period of transition. This Board and the incumbents running for re-election have the experience and record of success that deserves the community’s support, and the other candidates simply do not.
Consistency will ensure future success and I urge the West Essex Community to maintain the current Board of Education when casting their votes on Election Day. This Board is an intelligent, knowledgeable, cohesive unit of community volunteers and the West Essex School District deserves to have them continue the great work they have begun.
Deborah Sacco-Calderone, Judith Amorim Dias, and Anthony Prinzo are the only choices for West Essex!"
Retired West Essex Superintendent Of Schools