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Vote "NO" November 5, 2013!


 

INTERPRETIVE STATEMENT

The Governing body of the City of Clifton is seeking the sentiment of the Voters concerning a proposed ordnance changing the date of the regular municipal elections, commencing with the 2014 municipal elections, from the second Tuesday of May to the day of the general election, the Tuesday after the first Monday in November. If enacted the date of the regular municipal election will be changed from the second Tuesday in May to the date of the general election on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November commencing with the 2014 municipal election. Pursuant of N.J.S.A. 40.:45-7.1, the term of any elected official in office on the date of the adoption of any such ordinance shall be extended until the beginning of the term of the person elected to the office in the November election. If enacted, the term of all newly elected officials will commence on January 1, 2015, following the November 2014 general election. In addition, under N.J,S,A. 40:45-7.1, once a municipality has chosen to change the day of the regular  municipal election to the day of the general election in November, it will not be permitted to change the date of the municipal election back to the second Tuesday in May until at least 10 years have passed since the adoption of the ordinance and the Governing Body has adopted a new ordinance providing for regular municipal elections to occur on the second Tuesday in May.
 

DID YOU KNOW

Peter Eagler, Matt Grabowski, Joe Kolodziej and Matt Ward voted to take away our privilege of voting for City Council members in May without public consent...
Don't forget what happened to Garret Mountain, it's gone...
Our city deserves one day every 4 years for residents to focus on Clifton and it's issues...
The cost of having an election in the month of May is $25,000 per year or thirty cents per resident...
Clifton's form of government is the 1923 Municipal Manager form of government, in place for over 100 years...
Our council didn't try to save Clifton resident's money when they implemented the sewer fee...
If the City Council election is changed to November, it WILL NOT be able to be changed back to May for 10 years...
The City Manager's salary was increased from the advertised $126,000 to $168,000; a $47,000 increase which is almost twice the cost of the election...
November is an election month; Voters will vote for a political party, not an individual candidate...
Clifton will be controlled by a political party due our council having a majority of members from one particular political party over another...
November elections will attract candidates aligned with political parties and will become elected by a political machine and will be obligated to their political party, not Clifton residents...
No public forum or surveys were provided...
Local issues will not be focused on during November, too many other elections going on...
Clifton’s last city council election had 20 candidates, imagine 20 candidates on the ballot along with county, state and federal elections...the ballot will be messy...
Moving elections to November will take us down the same path as Paterson and Passaic, whose form of government is Mayor - Council
With a majority vote of one particular party on our city council, the council can drastically increase their yearly salaries - take a look:

*Paterson Mayor's salary - $112,279.89; Council member's salary - $41,212.86

 *Passaic Mayor's salary - $TBA; Council member's salary - $TBA

*****Compare to Clifton*****

Clifton Mayor's salary - $4,500.00; Council member's salary - $4,000.00

 

Convicted Mayors and Council members from Paterson and Passaic within the last 10 years:

*Former Mayor Martin Barnes of Paterson - Convicted of corruption in April, 2003

*Former Council Woman of Paterson - Convicted of disorderly conduct in December, 2010

*Former Mayor Samuel Rivera of Passaic - Convicted of taking bribes in February, 2010

*Former Councilman of Passaic - Jonathan Soto - Convicted of corruption in February, 2009

*Former Councilman of Passaic - Marcellus Jackson - Convicted of corruption in June, 2009

*Former Councilman of Passaic - Wayne Alston - Convicted of bribery in August, 2011

*Councilman Rigo Rodriguez of Paterson - under investigation by the FBI for corruption, tampering with elections and sexual misconduct

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