Omar Rodriguez finished just 32 votes behind Cimiluca in another race that is too close to call.
Two incumbents and one challenger are the top vote-getters in Saddle Brook's race for three council seats with absentee ballots yet to be tallied, the municipal clerk's office confirmed late Tuesday night. Democratic incumbent Florence Mazzer (3,075 votes), a 12-year councilwoman, was the top vote-getter. Newcomer Joseph Camilleri, who replaced council member Joseph Setticase on the ballot less than two months before election day, finished second with 2,646 votes. Republican incumbent Andrew Cimiluca (2,572 votes) and Democratic challenger Omar Rodriguez (2,540) are separated by just 32 votes for the final council seat. There is no love lost between Cimiluca and Rodriguez, who have tussled throughout the campaign. During the candidate …
Saddle Brook council candidates will convene Thursday night at the Saddle Brook Senior Center to debate issues that affect the community.
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Six candidates vying for three seats on the Saddle Brook Township council will square off Thursday in a debate at the Saddle Brook Senior Center. Candidates Florence Mazzer, Omar Rodriguez and Joseph Camilleri are running as Democrats, while candidates Andrew Cimiluca, S. Vincent Montagna and Gerard Taylor are running as Republicans. Mazzer (D) and Cimiluca (R) are both sitting council members running for re-election, and Rodriguez (D), a former council president, has been the current council's fiercest critic throughout the election run-up. Although Mazzer and Rodriguez are both Democrats, the councilwoman said she is not running with Rodriguez. Joseph Setticase (D) had been on the Demcratic ticket until last month when he removed his …