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What You Need To Know About the 2019 Town Council Election


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On Tuesday, May 14, Verona voters will go to the polls to fill two seats on the Verona Town Council. Current Councilman Alex Roman is up for re-election to a new four-year term, as is current Deputy Mayor Michael Nochimson. The two are being challenged by John Fio Rito, a U.S. Army veteran and real estate developer; Christine McGrath, a member and former president of the Junior Woman’s Club and Essex County chapter leader of the gun reform group Moms Demand Action; and John Quattrocchi, a financial industry executive who served for 15 years on the Verona Board of Education.

Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on election day. If you do not know your polling place, you can find it here. MyVeronaNJ.com will report the results as soon as they are available.

Beginning in early April, MyVeronaNJ.com asked the candidates to answer a weekly question on an issue of importance to Verona. You can read all the questions and all the answers through these links, or use the candidate links below to see individual views:


John Fio Rito
Campaign website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

Christine McGrath
Campaign websiteFacebookTwitterInstagram

Michael Nochimson
Campaign websiteFacebook, Twitter, Instagram

John Quattrocchi
Campaign websiteFacebookTwitterInstagram

Alex Roman
Campaign website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram


On Wednesday, May 1, the Junior Woman’s Club of Verona held a forum for candidates that was moderated by the League of Women Voters.

The event presented the candidates with questions on open space and overdevelopmentaffordable housingthe challenges of governing in Veronadowntown business developmenttaxes and budget issuesgovernment communications with residentsenvironmental policy and sustainabilitywater quality and stormwater run-off, and the use of the payment-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILOT) monies collected from several developments in town. You can click on any of those terms to jump to that part of the event, or watch the Forum in full below:


This campaign has given rise to several fact checks:


Readers have submitted letters of support for candidates. You can read all of them here. The last day that letters will be published is Sunday, May 12.


Some of the candidates in this race have spent heavily on their campaigns. MyVeronaNJ.com reported on their fundraising and spending reports. Verona’s municipal budgets from 2009 to 2019 are here. The town government’s court filings and correspondence on affordable housing are here, and you can also read MyVeronaNJ.com’s reporting on affordable housing.

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citranohttps://myveronanj.com
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 Forbes.com. 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].


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