Nochimson, Ryan, Sapienza Win Council Seats


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Kevin J. Ryan

Verona went to the polls today and elected Frank Sapienza and Michael Nochimson to four-year terms on the Verona Town Council and picked Kevin Ryan  to fill the remaining two years of former councilman Ken McKenna’s term. Sapienza handily won re-election, with the largest vote count for any of the eight candidates. Here are the results by candidate and position:

Two-year term
Jim Robbins: 481
Kevin Ryan: 748
Gerard Tamburino: 133
Bruce Williams: 742

Michael Nochimson on MyVeronaNJ's 2011 election page
Michael Nochimson
Frank Sapienza on MyVeronaNJ's 2011 election page
Frank Sapienza
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Four-year term

Rob Caruso: 910
Dan McGinley: 863
Michael Nochimson: 918
Frank Sapienza: 1,116

Ryan, the winner of the two-year term, will be sworn in immediately and will start work with the next council meeting on Monday, May 16. Sapienza, who was seeking re-election, will continue his service and Nochimson will start work in July.

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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. With election results this close, how and when do the absentee ballots get added in that are sent to Newark?

  2. All of the absentee ballots are included in the vote tallies above. There were 35 absentee ballots cast for Frank Sapienza, 32 for Rob Caruso, 35 for Michael Nochimson and 18 for Dan McGinley in the four-year term race; in the two-year race, the counts were 13 for Jim Robbins, 23 for Bruce Williams, 20 for Kevin Ryan and 11 for Gerard Tamburino. Essex County election officials are following their normal procedure of recounting all the absentee ballots.

    In addition, there were six ballots cast that have been deemed “provisional”, which means that there were questions about the voter’s eligibility. County officials are examining them and should communicate a decision on them to the town by the end of the week.


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