Thank you to the Teaneck League of Women Voters for putting together this forum and Q&A for the candidates:LWV Voters Guide, Teaneck BOE 2020
Download the guide here: Voters-Guide-Teaneck-BOE-2020.pdf
Below please find the polling locations/district allocations for the 2020 Presidential General Election:
*A notice will be sent to your registered address from Bergen County notifying you of your assigned polling location. If you do not receive this notice in the next few weeks please contact any of the election offices for guidance.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the above information, please do not hesitate to reach out to our office or any of the election offices:
Bergen County Clerk, Elections
(201) 336-7020 firstname.lastname@example.org
Bergen County Board of Elections
(201) 336-6230 , email@example.com
Bergen County Superintendent of Elections
(201)-336-6115 , firstname.lastname@example.org
Township of Teaneck Township Clerk’s Office
(201) 837-1600 x1025 , email@example.com
For more information:
On Wednesday, July 1st, 2020 at 6:00 pm, the Teaneck Council will hold the semi-annual reorganization meeting at the Teaneck Town Hall.
(Agenda available here: Reorganization Agenda)
We will be swearing in Mark Schwartz, Karen Orgen & Mike Pagan.
In addition, Council will elect the Mayor & Deputy Mayors, among others.
For those that may not be familiar with the way the Teaneck Council operates, I’d like to offer some additional information:
How does our system work?
Teaneck utilizes the Council-Manager form of Government under the Faulkner Act. What that means in practice is that residents choose their council-members “at-large” (i.e. you vote for everyone, as opposed to a ward system like neighboring Englewood) and the Council as a body, once elected and seated, chooses a mayor from among the council-members (as opposed to municipalities where the Mayor runs separately). Continue reading “Save the Date: Teaneck Council Reorganization on July 1, 2020”
The Covid-19 Pandemic has upended many of the ways we conduct our lives. In the May municipal elections, polls were replaced with envelopes.
Unfortunately, despite the best efforts, not all envelopes were given the same treatment.
Worse, still, it’s impossible to know how many envelopes did not arrive. It’s not as if you can just count what didn’t show up.
In an effort to find out what worked and what didn’t, I requested information from the Bergen County Board of Elections, as to what ballots arrived and what didn’t. The staff and administration at the BOE have been helpful and worked hard to help explain the system. They expressed a profound amount of concern for ensuring the system runs as smooth as possible and that every vote is counted. They do a tremendous amount of work under very strict rules and tight time-frames.
It seems that NJ has a new interface between two independent systems, which created some hiccups in reporting and coordination. The County Board of Elections system feeds information into the State Voter Registration System (SVRS). I spoke with the head of the County system as well as the head of the State system. That integration, to put it mildly, is not seamless.
Two problematic areas which require more review are:
Congratulations to everyone that ran and I look forward to working with the new council on July 1st.
Teaneck’s municipal government operated under the Council-Manager form of the Faulkner Act.
We (residents) elect seven members to a council and they choose a manager who is tasked with the day-to-day operation of the Municipality.
Since 1988, Teaneck residents go to the polls in staggered council elections in even numbered years to choose members who serve 4-year terms.
This week, 3 of the 7 council seats were up, and in two years, the remaining 4 will be voted on by residents.
After each election, the newly constituted group will meet on July 1st at a “Re-Organization Meeting” to determine a Mayor and other positions.
Each of the 7 members of council represent everyone in the municipality.[As one of your representatives, I will do my best to respond with information to any inquiries received]
Click here for contact Info for current council-members
Not necessarily. Continue reading “A New Council”
The Bergen County Board of Elections has preliminary election results here: Teaneck Municipal Election Results
When one starts to review laws, either on a local or state basis, the complexity factor is readily apparent. There are many layers, tweaked over the decades (and sometimes centuries) which make legal counsel a requirement, even to understand what otherwise look like simple words.
Take this example:
“The commission shall consist of not less than five nor more than seven members, appointed by the mayor of the municipality…”
Source: NJSA 40:56A-1
Who does the appointing?
If you answered, the Mayor, you probably aren’t alone. But you’d be wrong. Continue reading “Law is hard”
What happens if I tore the certificate off of my envelope?
As you can see in my instructional video, the mail-in ballot contains two envelopes. The ballot goes in the first (with a voter certification and then that goes in a larger envelope to mail back. If the certification rips off, simply put it with the smaller envelope inside the larger envelope. Do NOT attempt to tape it back.
This week, Teaneck Today published information about the Democratic Municipal Committee creating an “ad hoc committee”. In an email from the Chair of the TDMC, she said the purpose of the committee was to “explore the limitations and rights of the Teaneck Democratic Municipal Committee to participate in n on-partisan municipal elections”
You can read more about the issue and participate in the discussion at the link: here
Seeking to change longstanding rules isn’t something that should be taken likely. Political powers wax and wane. And while this may seem like a move that would help some today, it may not be so desirable, tomorrow.
It’s worth remembering that this isn’t a new idea, either.
Do we want to go down this road, Teaneck?