On Tuesday, May 3, MyVeronaNJ.com will hold a forum for the candidates running in this year’s Town Council election. It is your opportunity to meet the candidates and listen to their positions on a wide range of issues. The event runs from from 7:30 to 9 p.m., which means you can still attend if you are going to the Family Math Night at HBW.
The forum will be held on 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. That means that you can attend in person, or via your computer or smartphone.
The forum will be moderated by the League of Women Voters and will follow a strict League format. Candidates will give an opening statement and then respond to questions submitted by MyVeronaNJ.com and our readers. You can submit a question for the event by clicking here. We have asked candidates to tell us what specific cost-cutting or service-sharing tactic from another town they would like to bring to Verona, and what one new service they would want to add to Verona’s budget. Their responses are due to us in writing on May 1 and we will publish them in our Election Guide on the night of the forum.
All eight Town Council candidates initially confirmed their attendance at the event: Jim Robbins, Kevin Ryan, Gerard Tamburino and Bruce Williams, the candidate for the single two-year term; as well as Rob Caruso, Dan McGinley, Michael Nochimson and Frank Sapienza, the four candidates for the two four-year terms. However, the town subsequently called a meeting on the proposed Master Plan, which leaves Sapienza unable to attend the forum.
Take a minute to read through our guide to the elections and to submit a question.We look forward to seeing you at the forum on May 3.