Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Mayoral, Council Races on Maywood Ballot

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Mayoral, Council Races on Maywood Ballot

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MAYWOOD -- The mayor's office and three of the six seats on the Borough Council are up for election on Tuesday, while two candidates are running for three open school board seats.

Mayor Adrian Febre, 47, a Republican and former councilman who has served as mayor over the past year, faces challenger Thomas H. Richards, 72, a former mayor and councilman.

Richards, a Democrat, served on the council from 1975 to 1987 and again from 1995 to 2003 before winning the mayor's job, holding office from 2004 to 2007.

Febre, a court reporter and Maywood firefighter, made his case for reelection by pointing to the current administration's financial successes. Febre said tax rates have been stabilized, resulting in no municipal tax increase in 2014 and a tax reduction this year. The borough had a $2.2 million budget surplus this year.

Richards, Bergen County director of administrative and project development, promised that if elected, he would continue to redevelop areas of Maywood, mostly along Route 17, to offset taxes and that he would "develop an aggressive road-repaving program."

On the council, two full three-year terms are up for election along with an unexpired one-year term. All three incumbents face challengers.

Councilman Frank Morrone, a Republican who declined to disclose his age, and Councilman Derek Eisenberg, 51, a Democrat, are vying for the full terms against challengers Claire Padovano, 43, a Republican, and Henry Perez, 34, a Democrat.

Morrone also said he wants to increase development in the borough, continue road repaving and improve amenities such as the borough's parks and pool.

Eisenberg said he wants to focus on new business recruitment along Route 17 and continue to improve the borough's infrastructure, including upgrading the roads and sidewalks, curbs and sewers.

Padovano, wife of former Mayor Gregg Padovano, who stepped down in early 2015 after three years as mayor to become a New Jersey Superior Court judge, complimented the progress of the current administration but said that while the council works to increase business development, city leaders should work to maintain the borough's "small-town feel" and affordability. …

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