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Edison school board results 2012

Posted by edison1205 on April 17, 2012

Election results from today’s board of education elections.  May not include absentee or provisional ballots.

Lora FONG  2,209√ YES  2,222 √
Margot HARRIS  2,106√
Deborah ANES (i)  2,191√  NO  2,186
David HOFFMAN  1,799
Joe ROMANO (i)  1,693
Michael WINTERS  1,045

Congratulations to those who won today!

If you experienced difficulties voting today, contact one or more of the following:

Middlesex Co. Board of Elections (732) 745-3471

League of Women Voters Assistance Line (800) 792-VOTE

N.J. State Division of Elections (609) 292-3760

U.S. Attorney Voter Hotline (609) 656-2558


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Edison School Board results 2011

Posted by edison1205 on April 27, 2011

I have updated numbers from county clerk website below. No changes — just a few more votes for each of the candidates, probably from absentee ballots.

Anu GARRISON  2,715 YES  3,808 √
William BRUNNER  1,319
Arthur ESPOSITO  895  NO  3,585
Anthony MASSARO  2,634
Frank HEELAN  2,789 √
Sapana SHAH  3,185 √
Lois YUKNA  1,959
Gene MAEROFF (i)  3,089 √
William VAN PELT (i)  1,072

Congratulations to those who won today!

If you experienced difficulties voting today, contact one or more of the following:

League of Women Voters Assistance Line (800) 792-VOTE

N.J. State Division of Elections (609) 292-3760

U.S. Attorney Voter Hotline (609) 656-2558

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Board of Education candidates and budget vote

Posted by edison1205 on April 20, 2011

If you are still having trouble making up your mind about who to vote for in next Tuesday’s school board elections, you can read bios of all the candidates at the Sentinel‘s website here.

Voters will also be asked whether to approve the school’s 2011-12 budget of $204,998,572, of which $188,291,721 is proposed to come from local property taxes.

If you don’t know where you vote for the school elections — keep in mind, it may be different from your November polling place — use the State’s locator service here.

However you decide to cast your vote, please remember to vote on April 27.  Polls are open from noon to 9pm.

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Nine candidates file for Board of Education seats

Posted by edison1205 on March 9, 2011

The following people have filed petitions seeking the three open seats on the Board of Education this year:

William F. Brunner
Arthur Esposito
Anu Garrison
Frank Heelan
Anthony F. Massaro
Gene I. Maeroff (inc.)
Sapana Shah
William H. Van Pelt (inc.)
Lois Yukna

Incumbent Aimee Szilagyi did not file a petition seeking re-election. The vote will be held on April 27. If you need to register to vote or get a mail-in ballot for this election, please follow the links on the right.

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School board elections 2011

Posted by edison1205 on January 22, 2011

Candidates considering running for Edison Board of Education in 2010 have until Tuesday, March 8, 2011, to file their nominating petitions.

Each nominating petition, available from the Board of Education, only has to have 10 valid signatures from voters registered in Edison.  To run, a candidate must be a registered voter and a resident of Edison for 1 year.

Incumbents Gene Maeroff, William Van Pelt and Aimee Szilagyi are coming to the end of their 3 year terms. It is unknown whether any or all of them will be running for re-election.

Potential candidates and voters can obtain more information from the NJ School Boards Association or the Edison Board of Education.

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New school superintendent

Posted by edison1205 on November 6, 2010

The new superintendent of schools of Edison Township will be Richard O’Malley, currently superintendent of the Matawan-Aberdeen district.  His salary will be $210,000 per year.

O’Malley became head of the Matawan-Aberdeen school district (which is far smaller than Edison) not long ago – in February 2008.  His starting salary there was $173,000.  As far as we can tell, his tenure was relatively uncontroversial, but it was short.  Nevertheless, the current year’s school budget caused some consternation there, although less than what was seen in Edison.

Home News coverage is here.

Any comments on the choice of Mr. O’Malley?  Please discuss.

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New police litigation; school litigation news

Posted by edison1205 on June 11, 2010

Updated September 20, 2010

Another civil rights case has been filed against the Edison PD.  The complaint on behalf of Linus Germe (No. 10-cv-2528), filed May 17, 2010, claims that Germe was subjected to two severe beatings at the hands of the Edison police during an arrest on May 20, 2008.  It also claims that the police wrongfully exonerated the officers involved in later internal affairs proceedings.

Germe is represented by attorney Lennox Hinds of New York and Somerset.  Hinds is a well-known and sometimes controversial warrior for civil rights plaintiffs, which promises to make this case an interesting one.

Turning to schools, we read here about an Edison teacher whose tenure was revoked in a May 5, 2010 decision.  From Judge Futey:

[The Edison BOE has] presented consistent and corroborated evidence . . .  regarding the unauthorized leave and abuse of the attendance policy by respondent [Carol Ziznewski], failure to follow approved and acceptable educational plans and protocols of Edison, disrespect and disregard of her authorized supervisors . . . . selective teaching of certain students and selective disregard of the [Basic Skills Instruction] and [English as as Second Language] learning requirements of other students, unacceptable BSI schedules, thoroughly and unprofessional conduct in the manner in which she challenged both school authorities and fellow teachers at parent/teacher conferences, her disgraceful insolence directed at her principal Gerald Young and ESL supervisor Martin Smith, and several Affirmative Action complaints lodged against respondent from other staff members alleging repeated and grossly unnecessary minor incidents/confrontations by Ziznewski as well as repeated and recurring disturbing instances of harassment, intimidation and bullying by her, frequently in or near the immediate presence of school children during school hours or in environments in which either children or their parents or other visitors could overhear these confrontations in the immediate after school environments. In several of these incidents, the teachers whom the Ziznewski confronted became physically and/or emotionally upset by these encounters to the extent that they required medical attention. Further, her conduct jeopardized the tranquility, orderliness, stability and general professional school environment to a large degree. I FIND and CONCLUDE that all of the allegations against respondent, Carol Ziznewski, as to the each of the three charges cited against her in the Statement of Tenure Charges and Statement of Evidence Under Oath by John DiMuzio, dated April 30, 2008, are sufficient to constitute insubordination and conduct unbecoming and that she is GUILTY of all of the charges contained therein relative to same.

UPDATE: On August 3, 2010, the Commissioner of Education affirmed the decision. Read more about this and other recent litigation at our Edison and the Law page.

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Edison school board election results 2010

Posted by edison1205 on April 20, 2010


Board of Education (Three 3-year terms)

Lori Bonderowitz 5743   √
Ralph Errico (incumbent) 4206
Veena Iyer 6377   √
Rosemary Meade (incumbent) 4119
Susan Scerbo (incumbent) 3974
Theresa E. Ward 6216   √

Budget referendum: tax levy of $ 189,739,782

YES  4,568

NO  7,366   √

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Posted by edison1205 on April 20, 2010

It’s a beautiful day out, so please go and vote in today’s school election.  Polls are open from noon to 9pm.  There are six candidates running for three seats: Lori Bonderowitz, Ralph Errico, Veena Iyer, Rosemary Meade, Susan Scerbo, and Theresa E. Ward.

Also there is a referendum asking voters to approve a $189.7 million tax levy to fund next school year’s budget.

Our endorsements are in this post. Don”t forget to come back to The Edison Blog this evening for results, probably around 11:00 or later.

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School Board endorsements: Meade, Iyer, no on the budget

Posted by edison1205 on April 19, 2010

The polls for the Board of Education election will be open from noon to 9pm tomorrow.  You can find your polling place here.  We will also have results for the election when they become available.

The budget crisis has not changed our overall assessment of the Edison schools and its administration first published in January: in general, our schools provide good return on the money spent on them, as evidenced by comparative tax rates and comparative test scores.  This does not change the fact that (1) school administrators have made some bone-headed decisions for which redress is appropriate; and (2) there are areas in which our students need to increase achievements.

Unfortunately, out of the field of six candidates, we only see two who merit our endorsement.  Incumbent Rosemary Meade has the intellect and experience to justify re-election.  While she has contributed to some of the aforementioned fiscal and administration issues, it’s clear that she can be responsive to the taxpayers when necessary, as evidenced by her rejection of the capital referendum for this election and her advocacy for changes to the school budget for next year.

Similarly, newcomer Veena Iyer also merits your vote.  While experienced and tireless in her advocacy for kids and taxpayers, she also is the only candidate running  whose professional life is not closely connected with the education bureaucracy.  Her energy and diverse perspective will be a welcome addition to the Board.

We urge a no vote on the budget.  At this moment in time, too many people are out of work or earning less, while being taxed more through the repeal of property tax rebates and deductions.  And while the fault for the reduction in state aid and tax relief lies squarely at the feet of Republican Governor Chris Christie, we think that additional paring of expenses is needed this year in order to give taxpayers a fairer shake.

Some articles laying out the candidates’ background are here (Home News) and here (Sentinel).

Whether you agree with our recommendations or not, please turn out tomorrow (if you have not already voted by mail) and make sure your voice is heard.

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