Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Election Day in Collingswood was about more than just tallying the results.
At mid-afternoon on Election Day, resident Tim O'Neill paced in the Scottish Rite parking lot with a sign supporting Ian Wachstein. He'd been there since 7 a.m., he said. O'Neill was chatting with retired truck driver Skip Brockner, who announced his candidacy as a write-in choice via YouTube only two days ago. Brockner, who said he was presenting himself as a late option to broaden the field, had adorned his car with fliers advertising his last-minute bid. "I wouldn't say I've got all the answers, I don't think anybody does," Brockner said. But he pointed out that there are seniors in town struggling to live on a fixed income, and the cost of living is on the rise. At the Collingswood Manor, 90-year-old Louis Petrillo, a Monmouth County …
'We've been through the worst that any town can go through, and yet we're still here,' Collingswood Mayor James Maley told supporters on election night.
It was a long road to Tuesday's night's victory in the borough commissioner's election for Collingswood Mayor James Maley and his incumbent running mates, Joan Leonard and Mike Hall. “We've really sold the Edsel this time, because these last four years can't get harder,” Collingswood Mayor James Maley told supporters Tuesday night, referring to the economic recession that plagued the nation, and affected the borough's bond rating in 2011. “We've been through the worst that any town can go through, and yet we're still here,” he said. The incumbents in the borough commission race ran as "Team Collingswood." At their campaign headquarters, a vacant storefront along Haddon Avenue, a mix of friends, family, borough employees and passersby …
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The results are in for the Collingswood commissioner elections. Here's who won.
The votes have been tallied for the 2013 Collingswood commissioners election, and the winners are incumbents James Maley, Mike Hall and Joan Leonard. The vote totals are: Joan Leonard: 1,467 James Maley: 1,339 Mike Hall: 1,229 Hugh McGuire: 1,088 Ian Wachstein: 1,028 James Woods: 715 The vote tally is unofficial until the county certifies the results, a process that normally takes several days. Hear from the candidates as they learned the results: 'Team Collingswood' Sweeps as Challengers' Bids Fall Short Want to read our chat transcript of the polling results? Click here. Keep the conversation going—like Collingswood Patch on Facebook to get your community news in your feed.
Collingswood Patch editors and readers chatted about borough issues, the election and the candidates as election results came in. Read the transcript here.
Update: The chat is over, but you can replay the transcript by clicking on the play icon above. Months of campaigning culminates May 14 when Collingswood voters go to the polls on Election Day. Collingswood Patch will provide live results of the voting returns—join us for a real-time chat starting at 7:30 p.m. on May 14. We'll talk about the campaign, what you want to see the winners focus on in Collingswood, how you feel about the borough's direction and much more. When polls close at 8 p.m., we'll begin reporting on the results as they come in. Enter your email in the box, above, to get a reminder about the chat. See you May 14 at 7:30 p.m.!
On the day before the borough commissioners election, residents participating in the campaigns offered their thoughts.
Collingswood residents were readying themselves for a busy Tuesday in the borough, with the 2013 commissioners elections on the minds of a few residents campaigning along Haddon Avenue. We asked people for their impressions of the 2013 election season in the borough and for their predictions for Wednesday morning. Don't forget to vote at your normal polling place until 8 p.m. tonight. Join Collingswood Patch editors for live coverage of the results. For more on this election season, visit Collingswood Patch's special election page.
Monday, May 13, 2013
Make sure you're informed and ready to cast your ballot for Collingswood commissioner on Tuesday.
Collingswood’s Board of Commissioners election is fast approaching—make sure you’re educated about who’s running and how to cast your vote. All three seats on the board are open and carry four-year terms in this nonpartisan election. Three incumbents and three challengers are vying for the seats. Here’s everything you need to know: Candidates Get the know the six candidates better, hear what they’d focus on as commissioner and learn why they’re running: Election Day Polls are open Tuesday, May 14, from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. You must already have registered to vote to participate in the election. See our voting guide for information on where to vote and how to get immediate help on Election Day if you encounter problems. Get Live Results Join …
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Although the governor is running on a campaign of property tax reduction, NJ Spotlight says that only the top 2 percent in the state have benefited from his policies.
Despite running a reelection campaign that touts his reduction in overall property taxes in the state, out-of-pocket property tax payments have climbed nearly 19 percent in New Jersey since Gov. Chris Christie took office, according to a new report from NJ Spotlight. That's compared with a 6 percent net rate during the final term of Gov. Jon Corzine's, the report claims. The net increase in actual out-of-pocket property tax payments by New Jersey residents occurred even though the 2 percent cap and other policies pushed through by Christie and Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-Gloucester) limited the actual growth of property tax bills to just 8.3 percent from 2009 to 2012, compared to a 12.95 percent increase in Corzine's last three …
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
In the meantime, parking on the street is off-limits until May 10.
Fans of the Collingswood Farmers Market, the soles of your Saturday morning footwear might stumble a little less this week. North Atlantic Avenue is getting a facelift. Resurfacing of the little stretch of road upon which America's favorite farmers market is situated will be completed by week's end, said Mayor James Maley at the May borough commissioners meeting. Collingswood Department of Public Works trucks were lined up outside the borough garage after the meeting Monday night. A big sign outside the Collingswood Community Center proclaimed, "Your Tax Dollars at Work." Parking on the street is off-limits until May 10.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Governor tells New York Post that Lap-Band procedure was done at the urging of his family. An NYU doctor made house calls to Christie's Mendham home to not draw attention to the surgery.
Gov. Chris Christie underwent stomach-shrinking Lap-Band surgery in February, he confirmed to the New York Post on Monday night while refuting speculation that he was slimming down for a White House run in 2016. Christie quietly had the Lap-Band — or laparoscopic adjustable gastric binding —procedure done in a New York hospital, telling the paper that he agreed to the surgery at the urging of his family after turning 50 in September. Sean Conner, a spokesperson for Christie, confirmed the story to Patch Tuesday. The governor insisted that the Lap-Band was not inserted to help him lose weight in the run-up to 2016. "I know it sounds crazy to say that running for president is minor, but in the grand scheme of things, it was looking at Mary …
Patch asked longtime borough auditor Nick Petroni to explain as Collingswood commissioner candidates fiercely debate the issue.
One of the most contentious issues surrounding the 2013 borough commissioners election has been discussion of Collingswood's net debt. The question was posed of candidates at a forum hosted by area media groups April 30, and has been described as a metric of the financial health of the borough during campaign season. But for those voters who may not have the depth of financial knowledge that the candidates do, Patch posed that question of someone who is intimately familiar with both the concept of net debt and the specific dollar figures at work in the local ledger. Gross debt vs. net debt Nick L. Petroni, CPA, RMA, PSA, of Petroni and Associates, has been auditing Collingswood’s books since the late 1980s. His firm also provides this …