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Stahl, Pinkin and Contrino Win

Democratic incumbents win after voters pack the polls.

The Results are in!

East Brunswick voters elected Democratic Mayor David Stahl to serve as mayor and his incumbent running mates, Denise Contrino and Nancy Pinkin, to serve on the Township Council.

Voters also picked Vicki Becker, Kevin McEvoy and Meredith Shaw to serve on the school board.

They day saw heavy turn out, with poll workers saying there was a steady stream of voters all day, with lines forming a certain times.

When asked by Patch today, Facebook readers said a variety of factors went into their decision this year, not the least of which was Hurricane Sandy.

"Locally, my vote has been influenced enormously by the lack of leadership shown by our town officials in holding the utility companies responsible for their poor performance and our mayor's ill-advised recommendation to encourage people to let their kids go trick-or-treating last night," said Ellen Burke.

Elizabeth Bir game patch three reasons that went into her decision.

"1) Oh most importantly the way the Politicians handle crisis management situations for sure! 2) The Economy 3) What have the ones who are in office accomplished (where were we vs. where we are now as far as (jobs, unemployment, economy, etc.)..."

Bonnie Hussey said her elderl mother would be voting online today.

"Voting is very important today...my 88 yr old mom is displaced....and will vote online today at my daughters ...who has power in Howell...and we will NOT be voting for the party who believes in the "survival of the fittest"!!!!," she said.

President 

Barack Obama 303 Mitt Romney 206

Mayor

Democrat Results Republican Result David Stahl 11,186
Eugene DeMarzo 6,832

Township Council

Democrats Results Republicans Results Denise Contrino 9,583 Anthony Riccobono 7,586 Nancy Pinkin
9,867 Kermit Wade 7,162

Board of Education

Candidate Results Vicki Becker 7,019
Kevin McEvoy 8,080
Meredith Shaw 6,503

Board of Chosen Freeholders

Democrats Results Republicans Results H. James Polos 151,779 Abrar "Sam" Khan 80,095 Ronald Rios 150,230 Roger W. Daley 88,240

12th Congressional District

Democrat Result Republican Result Rush Holt *
Eric Beck

U.S. Senate 

Democrat Result Republican Results Bob Menendez *
Joe Kyrillos
Kevin Wyman November 08, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Stan, it seems that Abby's comment that we responded to was deleted (at least I can't see it anymore here).
Norman November 08, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Interesting observation Kevin and I don't disagree. However, I continue to try to wrap my mind around the notion of a nice young man without ANY significant real world experience of finding and holding a job, supporting himself and perhaps a family, making tough decisions in the workplace and at home (operational, fiscal, medical) etc running our Township. I am not questioning his motives nor his integrity or his intelligence. This is NOT an attack on him as I hear he is a "bright young man" but unfortunately given our sorry state of affairs here in EB I think without a more global perspective he will be challenged to truly "get it".
Jean Vitta November 08, 2012 at 04:36 PM
todays home news interviewed newly re elected mayors. guess who did not return their phone call. our mayor stahl. as a result the town of eb received no information from mr. stahl. he must not be sleeping in eb if the press cannot get ahold of him. i presume he will be missing in action the next 4 years
Petra Sacco November 08, 2012 at 05:48 PM
That's ok Jean, most people of EB are blind and deaf anyway,.......they voted for him.
Stan November 08, 2012 at 06:29 PM
Hey Petra speak for your self and your poeple. All the years iv been in this town iv never heard more STUIPD comments from one group of people. If its so damm bad here GO BACK !!!! This town don't need you
Jean Vitta November 08, 2012 at 06:39 PM
hi petra, guess there are those who are happy with a mayor nowhere to be found, wal mart and the 400 rental apartments, bong shops, and low end tasteless dining establishments
Petra Sacco November 08, 2012 at 08:59 PM
Hi Stan, why the insults? I guess you must feel STUPID, that you voted for mayor Stahl an his people, since my comments bother you so much. What group of people do you mean anyway? The group of people who care and realize, this town goes down the hill? And where are you sending me back to? What makes you to be so angry with others? Maybe you are upset with yourself that now its too late to change yor vote ? :-) just joking, no insults. What I'm trying to say is, that I live in this town for some time and pay the ever growing taxes, and have the RIGHT to speak about things that concern me. As for mayor Stahl.....if he was good for my town, I really don't care what party he belongs to. It is just that I have seen our town going down the hill in last four years, and now I think is the time to speak up. Maybe you and me can get together and bring our problems to the mayor and make him do something about it and not just sit in the office for another 4 years doing nothing. You make like living in the town,and believe me, I do too. It just could be much better, like it used to be years ago.I just guarantee you, we all could live much better. Regards, Petra
Irina November 09, 2012 at 12:49 AM
Congrats Mr Stahl...I hope your a better mayor then attorney for Middlesex County Consumer Affairs. I know of alot of people you failed miserably because you were out right LAZY.
Butch Seltzer November 12, 2012 at 01:16 PM
Although I have a ton to say, I'm simply going to comment on two topics. The town can NOT keep a business from doing business here in EB. If they meet all of the zoning requirements, eg., fire code, health code, building code, there is nothing the Administration can do to keep them out, it is simply illegal. The best way to get them out is to not patronize them. As to the way the storm was handled, both Mayor Stahl, Councilwoman Contrino and EBPD Deputy Chief Krause attempted to keep the town informed via social media and by phone sending out hourly updates on the power and cleanup situation. Most trees and debris were cleaned up from Township streets within 2 days after the storm making for passable thoroughfares faster than our surrounding Towns. Trees that were on downed power lines are NOT able to be touched by the town, but must be cleaned up by the power companies. In the days that have passed everyone from NY Governor Cuomo, to Governor Christie, Mayor Bloomberg, to our own Mayor Stahl has admonished the power companies. We will see if there is any change to our utilities, but again that is the responsibility of the BPU, NOT our Township Administration.
Petra Sacco November 12, 2012 at 03:33 PM
The town can not keep business from doing business in our town, you are right there Butch. But I'm sure they can do plenty to attract better business than is here. The Home Depot building sitting there for six years empty is really killing me. And not just that...closed gas station, closed NEW restorants and other stores, that I don't need to name anymore really show, how business went down the hill in EB. As for mayor Stahl and his people .....being on TV really did not help me, when I did not have any power to watch the tv or access the Internet. I did not even see anybody from the town observing the situation here after the storm.....that would really make me believe in them. Mr. Stahl and Mrs. Pinking just always show their faces here right before elections. I guess the storm pooped on it this year, since i dint see them here at all. As for the clean up.....I just wanted to say .....there is still fallen town tree in front of my house, that was not cleaned up and taken away. It is blocking half of the street and causes much danger to all the people here, especially at night, since most of the lamps on the street are not lit. Who would be responsible for anyone's injury? I would hold Mr. David Stahl Esq. responsible for that, wouldn't you?
Jean Vitta November 13, 2012 at 01:23 PM
Butch you are correct about private property owners leasing their commercial buildings to anyone, however, walmart is not the case. The original plan was for smaller shops sort of like those in North Brunswick. Under Mayor Stahl the plan was revised specifically to meet Walmart through the developer JM EB Urban Zone. Keep in mind it is the same developer along with Toll Brothers that had both of their hands in the revision. Mayor Stahl may have kept in contact with residents through twitter, however, he has less than 200 followers. That is not keeping in touch with affected residents. He should have returned the calls from the Home News Tribune to use as a tool in keeping in touch with more residents. The few times myself or friends had to use the high school for warmth and charging, only one was there and that was Councilwoman Pinkin. I have no idea how Councilwoman Contrino stayed in touch since internet was not available.
Jean Vitta November 13, 2012 at 01:25 PM
oops correction to followers on twitter. it is 62
Norman November 13, 2012 at 01:46 PM
@ Jean- The way Ms. Contrino was able to post was through a smartphone which uses cell technology and does not require a wifi connection. Kudos to her for doing the best she could to keep us all informed despite her personal challenges.
Jean Vitta November 13, 2012 at 02:56 PM
not all have smart phones nor cell phone service at the time. was still a limited number of residents so did not keep us all informed.
Norman November 13, 2012 at 03:36 PM
Jean..not sure what you are trying to say perhaps using full intelligible sentences would help. You wrote above "I have no idea how Councilwoman Contrino stayed in touch since internet was not available." which indicated you were trying to understand how she was able to stay connected to gain information and pass it on as best she could (which she did) even without power. So what are you trying to say??? She was or was not doing her job?????
Petra Sacco November 13, 2012 at 07:54 PM
Norman, are you working for Mrs. Contrino or the others, that you are defending them so much? I don't mean to insult you, I'm just curious. Please, do not criticize Jean for incorrect wording of her sentence, you know very well, what she means. Just to let everybody know, even some people with smart phones were without service. Sprint was totally out and when you phone finally reached the signal by roaming, you got Verizon, where they asked you for your credit card. I have a beef with Verizon for taking an advantage of people during crisis, not with the town, though. I am just trying to say i did not have direct connection to TV, Internet or phone and I'm sure many others were in the same situation. I can't even imagine, how the older citizens must have feel without any information, being cold, scared and in the dark.
Madeline November 13, 2012 at 09:07 PM
I guess I am one of the lucky ones. I have Verizon and I was able to get all the updates that Mayor Stahl posted on Twitter and Councilwoman Contrino posted on Facebook (she actually did a superb job!). I also received the Nixle alerts and the Global Connect calls from the Township since I registered by cell phone with them. How do you suggest that they should have handled this differently? If residents don't register their phone # on the EB website to get the Global Connect calls, how is the Township supposed to know their phone #? They certainly can't go door-to-door to notify residents!
Madeline November 13, 2012 at 09:09 PM
Butch ~ I could not agree with you MORE! All the above named individuals did a fantastic job! What people seem to forget is that this was one of the WORST natural disasters to hit this area probably in our lifetime! People need to STOP looking to blame someone ... anyone! The only one to blame is Hurricane Sandy for causing the devastation.
Madeline November 13, 2012 at 09:12 PM
Your comments are so far off base. Do you watch the Council meetings? Do you pay attention to anything going on in Town? The Mayor reduced spending the last 4 years. He does not control the BOE and their out-of-control spending which is what increases your taxes! Walk a mile in any of the Elected Officials shoes before you criticize!
Madeline November 13, 2012 at 09:13 PM
Really Jean? Such pettiness!
Madeline November 13, 2012 at 09:15 PM
Sherri ~ you are correct! It is a thankless job. But no one ever stops to say "thank you" to anyone anymore. Its very sad!
Madeline November 13, 2012 at 09:17 PM
Maybe because he was too busy trying to get everyone's power back on and deal with much more important issues than responding to a newspaper reporter whose going to get his comments wrong anyway!!! Seriously Jean!
Norman November 13, 2012 at 09:30 PM
Petra- No insult taken and no worries First -no I do not work for them and believe I have done a fine job of presenting myself as a someone who can see all sides to the issues. In fact if you scroll up and read my earlier posts you should see that in fact I have taken them to task for the Golden Triangle as well as the state of affairs of business on Rt 18. Please tell me if you read it differently. Thanks for your explanation of Jean's post...I actually did not get that from her post but that is not really important I too was in the dark for a week like many of us with "spotty" cell service which at times provided some minimal internet connection but was mostly out of touch. All I was trying to say was that Contrino made an effort....good bad.
Norman November 13, 2012 at 09:33 PM
Well put Madeline...
Jean Vitta November 13, 2012 at 10:53 PM
Unfortunately, I had a job to work at so was not able to respond till now. The communication of the officials of this township could have been better descriminated if the Mayor had returned the calls to the Home News Tribune. There are many of us who do not have facebook, and twitter accounts. There are also many who do not have data plans on their cell phones.
Norman November 14, 2012 at 12:25 AM
Can someone please validate that Mr. Stahl is in fact Middlesex County Consumer Affairs' attorney? I did a bit of research but did not come up with anything about this. Not sure how relevant it is but I am curious.
Petra Sacco November 14, 2012 at 05:34 AM
I am on Connect, but ALL my service was out, as I explained above. Land line did not work either since I have Comcast :-(
Petra Sacco November 14, 2012 at 05:56 AM
Norman, I know you are trying to see things from both sides, and sound realistic. I've read your posts and agreed with some :-). Anyway, you still could have beenworking for them/ with them, that's why I asked :-). I still don't think they did such a great job with all the "storm" problems. Things could have been posted on paper on schools, supermarkets, churches etc. Town could have allocate some money for police, firemen,and EMT workers for example to go through the neighborhood and deliver important info. That's how they used to do it before we have cell phones. It seems to be a simple solution, what do you think?
Madeline November 15, 2012 at 03:42 PM
Petra - I'm sorry but I completely disagree with your "solution". The police department was insanely busy dealing with emergent issues as were the VOLUNTEERS from the fire department and VOLUNTEERS from the rescue squad. Some of these VOLUNTEERS actually took off of work from their real "paying" job so that they could respond to emergent issues in town during the aftermath of the Hurricane as a VOLUNTEER. To suggest that they should go door-to-door to deliver paper notices to residents is just absolutely ridiculous!!
Madeline November 15, 2012 at 03:44 PM
Jean ~ do you REALLY think that by the Mayor responding to a request from a newspaper reporter for a "quote" that this would have solved communication issues? Seriously??? EB did a MUCH better job than surrounding towns! ALL of you should STOP complaining and be thankful that you still have a home and your loved ones and did not lose it ALL like some residents in Sayreville, down the shore or in New York.

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