Sign of the Times: A mantle of reform is passed on

BoE trustee Theresa Minutillo passes the reins of reform to a six vote Kids First reform majority

Two term BoE trustee Theresa Minutillo (l) completed her service with a smile.  She hands over the reigns to her
Kids First colleagues who will continue reform’s advances with Superintendent Dr. Mark Toback.

BoE candidate Patricia Waiters was alone in attending among those who ran and did not win a seat.  Her four figure showing earning over 1,200 votes was the biggest story of the election after the KF sweep.

Waiters spoke about the BoE election and her candidacy saying she was looking forward to working with the board and congratulating the winners. MSV had a brief chat and congratulated her for breaking into four figures.  Waiters noted her candidacy was not as well received by others including Frank “Pupie” Raia who she said told her “you messed everything up.”

The independent candidate said there were attempts to “buy me off” and have her drop out of the election.  She refused.  Although she said she did not spend money or knock on doors this campaign, one close observer noted Waiters did hand out flyers urging members of the Hoboken Housing Authority “Don’t sell your vote.”  (MSV is looking into obtaining a copy.)

The genteel meeting saw far lower attendance and absent the Old Guard went smoothly, completing it’s business before 8:30.

A recount the previous day saw no change at the Hudson County Board of Elections.  Move Forward co-campaign manager Joe Branco attended with Michele Russo and spent over four hours going through the ballots looking to find some angle to challenge the election results.

According to one eyewitness, they complained vociferously about the 290 or so electronic email/fax votes and went through that information with a fine tooth comb.  Among those voters, there wasn’t a large vote for the BoE making their complaints and those similar by the local Democratic Chair Jamie Cryan moot.

A post meeting gathering of Kids First and friends saw toasts to the service of BoE Trustee Theresa Minutillo 
and the success of the election under campaign manager Deidre Wall.  

Talking Ed Note: As MSV said before, it’s ovah!  Kids First has run the table.  In January, they will add two new members with a six of nine BoE board majority.

It’s important to note and congratulate the service of Theresa Minutillo who constantly fought uphill when she was first elected.  (That’s an understatement.)  While anyone can agree or disagree on any specific issue, there’s little question Minutillo’s willingness to stand and go it alone blazed a path for good governance at the BoE.  She hands over the reins in the best condition possible seeing six of her Kids First allies elected.

Sheer irony: Upon entering the restaurant in the photo above, who was seated finishing dinner at the next table but a group including Michele Russo.  She extended no greeting or congratulations.  Who says God doesn’t have a sense of humor?

Only in Hoboken folks, only in Hoboken.

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