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NJEA and REA Endorse Ethically Challenged Bob Menendez for U.S. Senate

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Ridgewood NJ, back in August the New Jersey Teachers Union (NJEA) along with Ridgewood’s REA endorsed  the ethically challenged Bob Menendez ,

According to a Senate Ethics Committee report, Senator Bob Menendez broke federal law and completely abused his position as senator when he should have been serving the people,” U.S. Senator Bob Menendez received a strongly-worded bipartisan admonition from his Capitol Hill colleagues on the ethics committee.

Even more ironic is that the NJEA along with Ridgewood’s REA endorsed Senator Menendez after allegations that the Senator flew to Dominican Republic. to have sex with under age prostitutes .

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Attorney General Grewal Announces Election Safeguards

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Ridgewood NJ, Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal announced today that more than 200 Deputy Attorneys General (DAsG) will be assigned throughout the state on Election Day, November 6, to help ensure a fair election, and to assist county election officials in resolving any voting-related legal issues that may arise.

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Campaign signs are not permitted to be placed in the grassy areas separating sidewalks from curbs/streets in Ridgewood 

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November 8,2017
by Tony Loving

Reminder: Temporary signs (e.g., campaign signs) are not permitted to be placed in the grassy areas separating sidewalks from curbs/streets.

Village of Ridgewood General Code 190-122 B (1) (j) – All temporary signs, including political signs, shall not be permitted to be placed on any publicly owned property, including, but not limited to, municipally owned property, library property, parks, rights-of-way trees, telephone poles, lighting stations, street or traffic signs, tree wells or planters, water utility property, and/or any other such publicly owned property within the Village.
[Added 9-7-2016 by Ord. No. 3540]

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Election day Trivia 

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November 7,2017
by Jason Vigorito

Interesting Fact of the day:

Why we vote on a Tuesday: in 1845, before Florida, California, and Texas were states, or slavery had been abolished, Congress needed to pick a time for Americans to vote. We were an agrarian society. We traveled by horse and buggy. Farmers needed a day to get to the county seat, a day to vote, and a day to get back, without interfering with the three days of worship. So that left Tuesday and Wednesday, but Wednesday was market day. So, Tuesday it was. In 1875 Congress extended the Tuesday date for national House elections and in 1914 for federal Senate elections.

Why we vote in November: the month of November fit nicely between harvest time and brutal winter weather–which can be especially bad when you’re trudging along by horse and buggy.

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Election Day In Ridgewood

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November 7, 2017

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Ridgewood NJ, Tuesday November 7, 2017 is Election Day. Polls will be open in New Jersey  from 6:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.

The following candidates are running on the local and county level :

Ridgewood Board of Education (two, three-year terms): Sheila Mary Brogan and Christina Krauss are all running unopposed.
County Board of Chosen Freeholders (two seats): Democratic incumbents Joan Voss and David Ganz are running against Republicans John Driscoll Jr. and Raymond Cottiers Jr.
State 40th Legislative District, Senate (vote for one): Republican incumbent Kristin Corrado is running against Democrat Thomas Duch.
State 40th Legislative District, Assembly (vote for two): Republicans Kevin Rooney, an incumbent, and Christopher DePhillips are running against Democrats Paul Vagianos and Christine Ordway.

New Jersey will also holding an election for governor and lieutenant governor on November 7, 2017. Gov. Chris Christie (R) is term-limited and ineligible to run for re-election. Phil Murphy (D), Kim Guadagno (R), Peter Rohrman (L), Seth Kaper-Dale (G), Matt Riccardi (C), Gina Genovese (I), and Vincent Ross (I) are running to fill the governorship .

 

Questions on the Ballot:

NEW JERSEY LIBRARY CONSTRUCTION BOND ACT
PUBLIC QUESTION # 1

Do you approve the “New Jersey Library Construction Bond Act’? This bond act authorizes the State to issue bonds in the aggregate principal amount of $125 million. The proceeds of the bonds will be used to provide grants to public libraries. The grants will be used to build, equip and expand public libraries to increase capacity and serve the public.

Interpretive Statement on the Ballot:

Approval of this bond act will allow the State to sell $125 million in State general obligation bonds. Proceeds from the bonds will be used to provide grants to construct, expand and equip public libraries. Municipalities or counties that fund public libraries will match the grant amount. The municipality or county may solicit private funding to support its match. The State Librarian, in consultation with the President of Thomas Edison State University, will set eligibility criteria for the grants.

NEW JERSEY REVENUE FROM ENVIRONMENTAL DAMAGES LAWSUITS
DEDICATED TO ENVIRONMENTAL PROJECTS AMENDMENT
PUBLIC QUESTION #2

Do you approve amending the Constitution to dedicate all moneys collected by the State relating to natural resource damages in cases of contamination of the environment? The moneys would have to be used to repair, restore, replace, or preserve the State’s natural resources. The moneys may also be used to pay legal or other costs incurred by the State in pursuing its claims.

Interpretive statement on the Ballot:

“This amendment would dedicate moneys collected by the State relating to natural resource damages through settlements or awards for legal claims based on environmental contamination. These moneys would be dedicated to repair, replace, or restore damaged natural resources, or to preserve the State’s natural resources. These moneys would be spent in an area as close as possible to the geographical area in which the damage occurred. The moneys could also be used to pay for the State’s legal or other costs in pursuing the claims. Currently, these moneys may be used for any State purpose.”

 

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New Jersey Election Safeguards Deputy Attorneys General to be On Duty in All 21 Counties

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November 7,2017
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Trenton NJ,  Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino announced today that approximately 250 Deputy Attorneys General (DAsG) will be assigned throughout the state on Election Day, November 7, to help ensure a fair and smooth-running election, and to assist county election officials in resolving any voting-related legal issues that may arise.

According to Porrino,  DAsG from the Division of Law will be stationed in each of the state’s 21 counties to handle any court applications, and to provide timely legal advice to County Superintendents of Election and Boards of Election. The DAsG will be on duty from the time the polls open until they close.

“By having DAsG on duty in every county, we are helping to ensure the integrity of the election process by protecting peoples’ right to vote, and by facilitating the prompt — and fair — resolution of any voting-related legal issues that may emerge,” said the Attorney General.

Porrino explained it is a criminal offense to solicit or electioneer voters within a “protective zone” as they enter or exit a polling location. The “protective zone” extends 100 feet from the outside entrance of any polling site. Attempts to interfere with voters within this zone are usually handled by law enforcement officers from the appropriate agency.

According to Porrino, any person who believes his or her right to vote has been  interfered with, or who wishes to report other voting-related problems or concerns, should contact the state’s hotline at 1-877-NJVOTER.

Members of the public also can direct election-related questions to their County Superintendent of Elections and county Board of Elections. A list of county-level election office contacts, as well as other useful elections-related information, can be found on the New Jersey Division of Elections Web site at www.NJElections.org.

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Reader asks Why do Ridgewood Public Schools choose to keep schools open and in session for students while schools are used as polling places on Election Day

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Why do Ridgewood Public Schools choose to keep schools open and in session for students while schools are used as polling places on Election Day and open to the general public? In today’s day and age, where incidents of mass violence have become commonplace, we allow the general public to enter our schools unchecked with little security beyond HSA volunteers. I ask the Ridgewood Board of Ed to either change the polling places to non-school locations, or make Election Day a school holiday as many other districts do.

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Vote NO on Question #2 on Election Day

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November 2,2016

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Ridgewood NJ, Vote NO on Question #2 on Election Day. By doing so, WE THE PEOPLE can push back the gas tax increase.

“New Jersey voters have a chance to force Trenton lawmakers to go back to the drawing board on Election Day by opposing a ballot referendum question that would allow New Jersey to amend its constitution to dedicate the revenue from the gas tax to fund the Transportation Trust Fund.”

The Ballot referendum question would allow New Jersey to amend its constitution to dedicate the revenue , that’s a euphemism a constitutional amendment to automatically raise your taxes every year!

Voting no on the measure would force lawmakers back to the bargaining table, according to Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno, who spoke recently on NJ101.5’s Bill Spedia radio show.

“A vote for number two is a vote for the gas tax,” Guadagno said. ‘If you like the gas tax, then you’re going to like number two.'”
#VoteNoOnTwo

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GOP gains ground on Dems in voter registration in key states

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By HOPE YEN

Sep. 14, 2016 3:43 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans have gained ground on Democrats in registering voters in three battleground states and kept their razor-thin advantage in Iowa — encouraging news for Donald Trump eight weeks before Election Day.

Republicans added hundreds of thousands of voters to the rolls since 2012 in states including Florida and Arizona, and narrowed the gap in North Carolina, according to data compiled by The Associated Press. In Iowa, Republicans prevented Democrats from surpassing them, aided by a court ruling upholding a ban on voting by ex-felons, who often register as Democrats.

As Election Day approaches, voter registration drives are in full swing.

Hillary Clinton’s campaign is staging registration rallies and appealing in particular to non-whites and young people, who are more likely to vote early — if they vote at all. Trump is relying mostly on a base of white voters, urging supporters to be vigilant for voter fraud and “rigging.”

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/d1c611a35aa5488789e0ad0cf4f2e818/gop-gains-ground-dems-voter-registration-key-states

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Today Ridgewood Village Council Election Day

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Dear Nattering nabobs of negativism,

This is a reminder that tomorrow is Election Day for three seats on the Village Council.  The polls are open from 6 A.M. to 8 P.M.  As is customary, we will be running our Senior Citizen bus so if you need a ride to your voting place, please contact Beth Spinato (201-670-5500, ext. 203).

If you have any questions about voting, including the location of your polling place, please contact our Village Clerk’s Office at 201-670-5500, ext 201 or email Heather Mailander at [email protected] or Donna Jackson at [email protected].

Local elections generally generate very low voter turnout, historically less than 20%. This is despite the fact that local governments in certain ways have a more profound impact on our day to day lives than national government; we as residents should make sure that our voices are heard.

“Voting is the right upon which all other rights depend.” – Thomas Paine

Best,

Roberta Sonenfeld
Village Manager
201-670-5500, ext. 203