Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Hackensack Council race wasn't over when fat guy sang

After mail-in ballots were counted, businessman Jason W. Some, right, lost the Hackensack City Council seat that he appeared to have won on Tuesday. (Photo credit: Hackensack Scoop)
At the Sept. 1 meeting, Some was seated at right, next to Councilman David Sims. Some was appointed to the seat in April after Councilwoman Rose Greenman resigned.


Teacher's assistant Deborah Keeling-Geddis turns out to be the winner in Tuesday's special Hackensack City Council election, upsetting incumbent Jason W. Some.

Keeling-Geddis received 92 votes on mail-in ballots, bringing her total to 803 and winning her a single unexpired term on the governing body, the Bergen County Clerk's Office said this morning.

Some, an appointee who ran with the backing of Mayor John Labrosse and other council members, had a total of 774 votes when mail-in ballots were counted.

School board President Jason S. Nunnermacker received a total of 746 votes -- the second time he lost a bid for the council, which he has been assailing since reformers prevailed in the May 2013 election.

Richard L. Cerbo, son of a former mayor, trailed with a total of 261 votes, including mail-in ballots.

When unofficial results from voting machines were released on Tuesday a little before 10 p.m., Some was the top vote-getter with 724 votes, edging out Keeling-Geddis with 711 votes.

Today's paper

On Page 1 today, The Record lists all of the problems the state Legislature's bigger Democratic majority faces after Tuesday's election, but soft pedals Governor Christie's role in creating them.

After covering the GOP bully since early 2010 and reporting on his 400-plus vetoes, the editors still feel compelled to politicize the problems, putting words of criticism into the mouth of a Democratic leader, Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto of Secaucus:

Election results just show "the constituents in the state of New Jersey that the Democrats are who they trust and who they want to lead the middle class that's been crushed under this administration" (A-1).

Breaking mall news

At North Jersey Media Group, publisher of The Record, money talks, especially revenue from the paper's biggest advertisers.

Today, in return for all that moola, the Borg family gives The Shops at Riverside in Hackensack front-page billing for plans to open a luxury zone for "25 high-end fashion brands."

The multi-million dollar makeover apparently is intended to lure the wealthy away from the luxury wing at Garden State Plaza in nearby Paramus.

Those upscale shops often resemble a ghost town, with store employees standing around gossiping or staring vacantly out of display windows.

Local news?

Today's Local is a heady mix of election and police news, with two pages of death notices followed by two pages of unofficial town-by-town results in local and school board races.

On L-9, a photo caption incorrectly describes Tesla's Model S four-door hatchback as "all electronic." That should be "all electric."

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