Mayor's Solid Win in Tenafly Surprises Many

By Yellin, Deena | The Record (Bergen County, NJ), November 5, 2015 | Go to article overview

Mayor's Solid Win in Tenafly Surprises Many


Yellin, Deena, The Record (Bergen County, NJ)


TENAFLY -- Mayor Peter Rustin's every-day visibility about town may have been decisive, political observers said, but there also was surprise at just how solidly the three-term incumbent won at the polls Tuesday.

Voters chose Rustin, an independent, for a fourth four-year term over three-time Councilwoman Democrat Nadia LaMastra and newcomer Ron Cutro, a Republican, with 1,346 votes to 715 and 614, respectively, representing a crushing 49 percent of the vote.

Explaining his overwhelming victory, Rustin said Wednesday, "People feel it's nice to have someone to talk to. Too much of government is faceless." Rustin, who spent much of Wednesday collecting his lawn signs and basking in congratulatory calls and handshakes, said he was already planning ahead.

Among his goals for the next four years, he said, are updating the senior center and obtaining a senior van, improving infrastructure and building a dog park, aims that both he and the Democrats had campaigned on. With six Democrats on the council, he said he was hopeful that some of their shared goals would be implemented.

Rustin ran as an independent without ties to either party and emphasized that he has appointed people from both parties and has sought to keep politics out of Borough Hall.

Longtime resident Alice Rigney said she was glad that the accessible Rustin, who is retired from his own business, will continue his tenure in the mayoral seat. "He's out there. He's available. He's at every event, and he's visible. That's important. Not everyone has the time to be a full-time mayor."

But Cutro, the Republican mayoral candidate who opposed Rustin with bright orange signs that declared "Three Terms is Enough," said he was surprised that the mayor proved to be so popular. …

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