Your Guide To The 2011 Elections


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You have a lot of decisions to make this spring, Verona. On April 27 and again on May 10, you will be called to the polls to make crucial decisions about our schools and town government.

MyVeronaNJ has put together a guide to the elections that we hope you’ll consult frequently during the coming weeks. It contains profiles of all nine candidates (one for the Board of Education seat and eight for the Town Council). You can read about their backgrounds and campaign platforms, and easily gather more information from their campaign Web sites and events. We’ve also made it easy for you to find and read the 2011-2012 school budget that you’ll be voting on.

We’d also like to take this opportunity to invite you to MyVeronaNJ’s Town Council Election Forum, which will be held on Tuesday, May 3 in the Fellowship Hall of the Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit at 36 Gould Street across from the HBW field. We picked Holy Spirit for our venue because it has Wi-Fi, which will enable us to run a live Webcast of the meeting as well (more details soon). That means that you can attend in person, or via your computer or smartphone. The MyVeronaNJ Town Council Election Forum will be held from 7:30 to 9 p.m., and all Town Council candidates–Jim Robbins, Kevin Ryan, Gerard Tamburino, Bruce Williams, Rob Caruso, Dan McGinley, Michael Nochimson and Frank Sapienza–have confirmed that they will be there. You can submit a question for the event by clicking here.

We’re putting all this information at your disposal Verona because there is one thing we won’t be doing at election-time, Verona: Making endorsements. It’s not that we don’t think there are capable candidates; there are plenty of them this year. But a democracy should be about making your voice heard, not a that of a media company.

With that, we invite you to read the MyVeronaNJ 2011 Election Guide.

Home page image by Theresa Thompson via Flickr.

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Since returning to Verona, she has volunteered for school, civic and religious groups, served nine years on the Verona Environmental Commission and is now part of Sustainable Verona. She co-founded MyVeronaNJ in 2009. You can reach Virginia at [email protected].


  1. In revewing the canidated of the position of council men
    One main statement was left out of will do’s and will not do’s
    How will they vote for the renewal contrack for the Town Manager.
    Potential canidates the towns people need and have a right to know.
    being vage on this question will leed us to believe your philosiphy
    is leave things the way they are. That is not going to happen
    You all have a obligation to answer this question,no gerneralitiey
    as a answer PLEASE! We had enough of a town goverment that just
    will not listen. So step up to the plate and mean what you say and
    say what you mean no B/S

  2. Towns People of Verona it is your time to be heard!
    For the past year I have watch with dismay the ineffective
    Town government stumble along making brash and bad
    decisions on subjects like Property Taxes, showing a
    Total disconcert for us the town folks who pay there salaries.
    The disrespect shown to us by the town council and town
    manager speaks for it self. If you were at any of the meeting
    it would be self explanatory..
    The Properly Tax issue sill looms over our heads.
    Total disregard for frugal spending couple with the
    attitude of a drunken sailors misuse of the hard earn money
    the towns people have worked for is abominable.
    We have created this total disregard for sanity.
    Now it is your opportunity to flex your muscles
    And say ENOUGH.
    The town council and town manager have created elite
    club where the towns people are not welcome.
    I do not quite understand there rational, but folks it is
    our fault. The buck stops at your front door.
    Mays election for new council members who alligance
    should be yours not the Town Manager Mr Martin.
    The only way to resolve the this problem have is to remove
    the council member and there voting for the Town Manager.
    Mr. Martin is very comfortable in the cocoon we let him build.
    Towns People the time is now to reconstruct a government
    That has a philosophy that they work for us, not we work for
    them. Of course if you like the status quo then put your hand
    In your pocket and PAY PAY PAY! it is only (your money!)
    Lou Sisbarro

  3. Thank you for your opinion Mr. Sisbarro. If elected to the Town Council, I will do all I can to assure the residents are heard.

    Gerard Tamburino


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