Friday, December 28, 2012
GOP members file court documents looking in hopes of overturning election.
Alleging issues with absentee ballots, electronic voting and former residents voting illegally, Springfield Republicans have filed an official contest of election with Superior Court. James Foerst, the attorney representing the party, said that legal documents questioning the results of the election were filed this week. Following a recount earlier this month, the margin between Democrat Margaret Bandrowski and Republican Jerry Fernandez was reduced from five to four. After reviewing ballots and other election materials, Foerst and his clients believe that there are enough votes in doubt to change the final results. Most of the alleged voting irregularities stem from the extraordinary circumstances caused by Tropical Storm Sandy. Foerst …
Monday, December 10, 2012
Paperwork filed in court on Friday, Dec. 7.
Springfield Republicans have requested a recount. Following a close election marked by unusual circumstances due to Tropical Storm Sandy, Springfield Republicans have asked the courts to once again go over the ballots. In an announcement on the party's official website, Springfield Republicans said they filed paperwork with the Superior Court of New Jersey in Union County requesting a recount of the ballots cast for the four candidates for Township Committee. The Union County Board of Elections certified the results on Nov. 26, 2012. David Barnett and Margaret Bandrowski were declared winners by a narrow margin, with Bandrowski has beating incumbent Jerry Fernandez by five votes. In the announcement, the Republicans note that since …
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Commission to study Springfield's system of Government and recommend changes.
According to the official count from the 2012 Springfield municipal election, the Charter Commission question has passed by 170 votes. The five-member commission is charged with studying Springfield's needs and recommending a form of government for it to adopt. The question of whether such a commission was necessary was put to Springfield voters on the 2012 ballot. According to numbers provided by the Union County Clerk's Office, 2391 Springfield voters favor the Committee's formation and 2221 oppose it. The formation of the Charter Commission was supported by Republicans and opposed by Democrats. The Democrats have charged Republican Mayor Ziad Shehady with engineering the commission to change our form of government to a directly …
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Rajoppi expects to certify votes on Nov. 26 at the earliest.
It looks like it may have came down to one vote. According to observers of the Springfield election, Democratic Springfield candidate Margaret Bandrowski has beaten Republican Deputy Mayor Jerry Fernandez by a single vote to win a seat on the Springfield Township Committee. The vote has not yet been certified, but sources from the township's Democratic and Republican parties have independently said that Bandrowski won the election by a slim margin. The only point of contention is how slim the margin is. Former Springfield Township Attorney and Freeholder elect Bruce Bergen observed the Board of Election count on Monday and said that Bandrowski won by a single vote. A source from the Springfield Republicans said the margin was four votes …
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Information provided by Springfield Township Clerk’s Office.
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Tuesday, November 6, 2012
An introduction and an argument for the commission.
Hello Springﬁeld Residents, My name is Jim Bonacorda, and I am volunteering to be a member of the Springﬁeld Charter Study Commission, which will appear as a public question on the November 6th ballot. My wife, Karen, and I reside at 27 Marion Avenue. During the 22 years that we have lived in Springﬁeld, we have seen an increase in both the number and complexity of issues that the Township faces. This is why I have decided to volunteer and become more involved in Township matters. I have been involved with the WE_SpringﬁeldNJ group, which focuses on local and regional ﬂood mitigation issues. Karen and I are also members of the Community Emergency Response Tram (CERT). Residents who experienced severe damage to their homes from ﬂooding …
An introduction and an argument for the commission.
Hello! My name is Geri Ann Bujnowski and I am asking for your vote on November 6th in the hopes of becoming a member of the proposed Springfield Charter Study Commission. I have been living in the Township for the past 19 years. I am married with 2 sons. I have become more involved in the community since my boys are older. I have been regularly attending the Township Committee meetings for the last few years and currently, I am chairing the Springfield Improvement Team. It is an organization recently formed to encourage volunteerism in town through senior outreach, beautification, and community goodwill. I decided to run for a seat on the proposed 5-member Charter Study Commission because I felt that there was a lot of misinformation…
Resident urges keeping present form of government.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
I have lived in Springfield for thirty-six years and have seen Township Committeemen come and go. Democrat or Republican, they have generally tended to the Town's business, served their terms of office and disappeared from public view or faded into the background of the political scene, having gained little but the satisfaction of having served the community. Today, however, we are faced with a new phenomenon: a young politically career driven mayor who seems intent on using Springfield to serve his personal ambition by changing the form of the Township's government. Instead of the present professional and politically neutral Township Administrator, he is maneuvering the voters, through charter revision, toward a separately elected and …
Monday, November 5, 2012
While they ask for a no vote, they recommend candidates.
By now you have received your sample ballot in the mail for this year’s election. Please take a careful look at it, as one section may be confusing. Public question #3 asks whether the Town wants to elect a “Charter Commission.” You will also notice that no interpretive statement has been included. We’d like to shed some light on this important question and its ramifications. Earlier this year the Republican majority on the Township Committee passed by a 3 to 2 vote an ordinance that placed this question on the ballot. A Charter Commission is a group of five elected people whose job it will be to study our current form of government and, within state law, recommend changes to our form of government. This commission can recommend anything …
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Residents are urged to come and meet candidates.
Tomorrow night and Thursday morning, Springfield residents can meet and speak with the four candidates running for two open seats on Springfield's Township Committee. The Springfield Patriot Chamber of Commerce Meet Your Local Candidates Evening Forum is scheduled for Oct. 24 at Jonathan Dayton High School Auditorium, 139 Mountain Ave., at 7:30 p.m. Doors will open at 7:15 p.m. For further information, contact the Chamber at 973-912-2300. The Springfield Chapter of Hadassah Meet Your Local Candidates Morning Forum is scheduled for October 25 at the Springfield Public Library at 11 a.m. In consideration of the refreshments offered at the event, non Hadassah members are urged to call 973-376-5067 beforehand. The four candidates competing for…