HALLOWEEN IN HACKENSACK: On Saturday, the traditional celebration of Halloween on Clinton Place was more subdued, with far fewer decorated homes between Prospect and Summit avenues than in the past.
|"Rest in pieces" is a humorous play on words. Although fewer homes were decorated on Saturday, there was no shortage of trick-or-treaters on the streets of the city's Fairmount section.|
By VICTOR E. SASSON
Call them the two Jasons.
Jason S. Nunnermacker and Jason W. Some are two of the four candidates in Tuesday's election for an unexpired term on the Hackensack City Council.
Here is a report on the two Jasons that you didn't see in The Record of Woodland Park.
They resemble each other, and I'm not talking about their double chins.
The real story is that neither has discussed in any meaningful detail the powerful special interests they represent.
Nunnermacker, an attorney, is the president of the city's free-spending Board of Education, which this year approved an irresponsible $106.88 million budget -- bigger than the city's own.
In the May 2013 council election, Nunnermacker was one of the hand-picked candidates of the city's bare-knuckle Democratic Party machine, the power behind the Zisa family political dynasty that ruled for decades and brought the city to its knees.
After Nunnermacker and his running mates were defeated in his first bid for the council, he has attended nearly every meeting.
But he and other board members have never spoken about education.
Instead, he's helped wage a partisan war against the slate of mostly Republican reformers, including Rose Greenman, who resigned, creating the vacancy he is now seeking to fill.
|School board member Daniel Carola.|
|School board members Joseph Barreto, left, and Fancis W. Albolino.|
|The $95,000-a-year school board attorney, Richard Salkin, conferring with Lynne Hurwitz, back to camera, the Demoratic Party power broker in Hackensack. Salkin lost a second city job as municipal prosecutor after council reformers were elected.|
Jason W. Some
Some was 25 when he was appointed in April to fill the seat left vacant by Greenman, who resigned and filed a lawsuit, claiming council members discriminated against her.
Some is sales director of the family owned Some's Uniforms on Main Street, but he also is a member of the Main Street Business Alliance, a powerful group of business owners and real estate companies who have lobbied hard for the city's redevelopment.
Some and other members of the alliance who own downtown property are expected to profit directly from redevelopment or see their property values go up from the construction of retail and residential projects downtown.
Some, who is backed by the current council, and Nunnermacker haven't publicly identified their campaign donors.
The other two candidates for council on Tuesday are:
- Richard L. Cerbo, a homeowner whose father won election as mayor in 1981, defeating Frank Zisa.
- Deborah Keeling-Geddis, a teacher's assistant in the city school system and the only African-American in the race, who was endorsed by the city's education union.