NJ elections: Results for school budgets, board of education races


Voters in the handful of Bergen and Passaic County districts that hold April school elections were largely supportive of their spending plans on Tuesday, with at least seven budgets passing muster with voters.

Passaic, Cliffside Park, Fairview, Clifton, Oakland, Ridgewood and Totowa residents all approved the tax levies that were presented to them. Garfield, however, rejected the budget for the third year in a row.

In addition to operating budgets for the 2019-20 school year, voters elected school trustees in eight districts. In Ridgewood, which this year returned to a spring school election, no trustees were elected because of a court ruling that let incumbents retain their seats.

Clifton opted to bring some new faces onto the dias by voting out incumbents in two of the three open seats. Incumbents retained their seats in Garfield, Passaic and Cliffside Park. The school board races in Fairview and Totowa were uncontested.

The vast majority of school districts in New Jersey hold board of education elections in November, and budgets are not put up for voter approval. Under that system, annual tax levy increases must be kept under 2 percent.

Bergen County

Cliffside Park

The proposed $35.2 million tax levy was approved.

Three three-year terms:

Neville C. Raincourt* – 339

Lisa Frato* – 478

Tanja Grandov – 255

Kleidon Ndreu – 233

Letizia Pantoliano – 404

Two-year unexpired term:

Joseph Capano.- 505


The proposed $16.2 million tax levy was approved.

Three three-year terms:

Louis Aveta* – 202

Francisco Martinez* – 198

Diane Testa* – 210


The proposed $29.8 million tax levy was rejected.

Three three-year terms:

Allan B. Focarino* – 498

Everett E. Garnto Jr.* – 521

Gioacchino Jack Mazzola* – 451

Ms. Sun Mellawa – 391


No results yet provided.


The proposed $29.7 million tax levy was approved.

One three-year term:

Carita Schelkin* – 305


The proposed $111.7 million budget was approved, according to early results provided by the school district.

Passaic County


The proposed $134.2 million tax levy was approved.

Three three-year terms:

Tafari Anderson* – 688

Dana Beltran – 1,039

Joseph Canova – 1,436

James Daley* – 1,002

Lawrence Grasso* – 826

Two one-year, unexpired terms:

Franklin Montero 1,113

City of Passaic

The proposed $16.8 million tax levy was approved.

Three three-year terms:

Maryann Capursi* – 1,751

Kenia Flores – 1,568

Craig Miller* – 1,747

Nicole Washington – 1,372

One two-year unexpired term:

Judith Sanchez – 1,820


The $15.8 million tax levy was approved.

Three three-year terms:

Gary Bierach* – 601

Rosemary Carr* – 561

Brian Tangora* – 567


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