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Sunday, August 10, 2014 - 4:41pm
In some ways, the Bergen County borough of North Arlington is better known for its dead than its living - about 15,000 people live in Bergen's southernmost town, while more than 250,000 people permanently reside in Holy Cross Cemetery.    But in this year's North Arlington mayoral election, the key issue focuses on how residents hope to live better through redevelopment that will spark economic growth in the largely blue-collar, middle-class town on the banks of the Passaic River and next to the Meadowlands.    Both Democratic incumbent Mayor Peter Massa and his Republican challenger, Councilman Joe Bianchi, voted with the rest of the evenly-divided six-member council to introduce a municipal budget with a 6.2 percent tax increase for homeowners, expected to be passed later this month. Massa and Bianchi both pointed to the after-effects of Hurricanes Irene and Sandy, as well as last year's nasty winter weather, as the phenomenon that created more costs than expected.    What separates...
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Sunday, August 10, 2014 - 4:30pm
Calling the situation "unacceptable," Mayor Peter Massa said a committee of neighbors has now been appointed and will begin going door-to-door asking residents if they have any illegal connections to the sewer system. They didn't find any alligators, but a recently completed visual inspection of the storm drains and sanitary sewers in the neighborhoods of Geraldine and Carrie roads revealed several unexpected sources of water contributing to the problems of backed-up sewers during heavy rains. While the borough was aware of the presence of illegally connected sump pumps to the system, the inspection also found evidence of cracked pipes, leaking manhole covers and, surprisingly, roof drains connected into the sewer system. Borough Engineer Tom Lemanowicz, said the camera inspections, which began in the last week of July, found the expected sump pump connections, but that a combination of the cracked pipes and leaking manhole covers has made the problem worse. Read More  
Mark Yampaglia, North Arlington
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Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 9:56pm
Councilman Mark Yampaglia (D-NA) knows one thing about retail politics, the early bird gets the worm – or in this case the votes!  A veteran of three previous winning campaigns (2005, 2008 & 2011), the life-long resident and former varsity baseball player for NAHS has officially hit the ground running.  “I’ve knocked on enough doors to know voters don’t like to be ignored and voters want to be courted. All politics is local and I intend to knock on as many doors as possible over the next three months so that we retain our majority and hopefully expand upon it with the election of Dan Castro come November 3rd,” offered the former public defender.  While Democrats continue to meet voters at the Post Office, it is the walking that makes the difference between winning and losing.  “I had the opportunity to walk side-by-side with Steve Tanelli in my previous campaigns, and I understand the value of meaningful voter contact. People vote for people they like and for candidates that are...
Dan Pronti, Daniel Pronti, North Arlington
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Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 12:28pm
Freshman Councilman Dan Pronti has all the answers for his friends at GSJ, but not for the homeowners who elected him to serve North Arlington!   Want to know exactly what was said? See the self-agrandizing article, which was grossly insulting for all borough residents, for yourself and YOU be the judge. Click here!    
Mark Yampaglia, North Arlington
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Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 11:54am
Dear Editor:   At the June 12 meeting of the North Arlington Mayor & Council, I made the following comments into the record regarding the status of the 2014 Municipal Budget:   "Mr. Mayor, I wanted to go on the record tonight regarding my feelings on this budget.   North Arlington is a tax sensitive community.   We are a community of blue collar families and seniors on fixed incomes who demand fiscal austerity, frugality and responsibility.   North Arlington has been ravaged by a failed housing scheme known as EnCap, aftershocks of a poor economy and high unemployment, and several super storms in the form of Sandy and a series of snowstorms and blizzards that saw North Arlington have more accumulation than most of the towns in Alaska!   The feeling of taxpayers and homeowners is obvious, enough is enough!   As a representative of these residents desperate for smaller government and tax relief, the 2014 budget in its current condition is unacceptable.   This is not the time to...
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An NA TODAY EXCLUSIVE: RECORDS REQUEST MADE REGARDING CADA LLC BY BERGEN DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEE!

07/08/2014 - 3:32pm
Joe Bianchi, North Arlington, OPRA Request

On July 3rd an OPRA request was made by a representative of the Bergen County Democratic Committee regarding all correspondence and emails between GOP mayoral candidate Joe Bianchi who also serves as a councilman and the Borough Administrator, Tax Assessor and Tax Collector...

The Bumbling Bianchi Budget Mess!

07/07/2014 - 8:22pm
Dan Pronti, North Arlington, Joe Bianchi

Joe Bianchi wants to be mayor so bad he can taste it. Joe’s new strategy is to vote “no” on the budget and claim victory because he believes governance is in the lap of the Democrats. Create the illusion of opposition only to embrace higher taxes and spending after the election...


The North Arlington school district is failing and they really don’t seem to care! Insulated from political accountability and scrutiny with contests buried at the bottom of the general election ballot, it is almost impossible to run and win a seat on this floundering five-member body. Refusing to comment on the fact that just 68% of all NAHS seniors even bother to take the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) according to the South Bergenite, what happens to the remaining 32% of seniors who don’t even consider college as a life option? Even more pathetic is the fact that just twenty percent of those who take the test score 1,550 or more, the recognized benchmark of those students who will in all probability will graduate from a four-year college or university! Is it now safe to say that just twenty percent of North Arlington seniors will graduate from college in four years? Isn’t it time for some real answers from the North Arlington Board of Education? Maybe instead of spending millions on the renovation of football field in a flood plain, that those dollars go to SAT preparation and increasing the chances of North Arlington seniors having a speck of a chance in the most competitive of job markets in the history of the workplace? In a global economy students may not go to college, but they must be prepared. That means real skills to compete, earn a living and become part of the middle class. Just what is this school district doing other than concentrating on artificial turf on the banks of the Passaic River? And just what is the status of this project nobody seems to know, especially the voters and taxpayers flipping the proverbial bill? North Arlington currently has the lowest participation of high school seniors taking the SAT’s in all of South Bergen! We’re not comparing North Arlington to Ridgewood or Mahwah, but to Wallington, Lyndhurst and Rutherford and NA still lags behind! This is a school district led by a board president seemingly obsessed with becoming...
Sunday, August 10, 2014 - 4:41pm
In some ways, the Bergen County borough of North Arlington is better known for its dead than its living - about 15,000 people live in Bergen's southernmost town, while more than 250,000 people permanently reside in Holy Cross Cemetery.    But in...
Sunday, August 10, 2014 - 4:30pm
Calling the situation "unacceptable," Mayor Peter Massa said a committee of neighbors has now been appointed and will begin going door-to-door asking residents if they have any illegal connections to the sewer system. They didn't find any alligators...