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North Arlington, Kelly O’Malley-Velez, Kelly Velez
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Friday, October 30, 2015 - 3:05pm
A new council member will emerge from Tuesday’s November 3rd  municipal election and be sworn to office immediately thereafter. They will replace appointed Republican Councilman Brian Fitzhenry who is temporarily filling the unexpired term of Mayor Joseph Bianchi (R). The winner will need to run again next November. Mr. Fitzhenry opted to run instead for a full, three-year term challenging Democratic incumbents Albert Granell and Thomas Zammatore. In 36-year old Democratic council candidate Kelly O’Malley-Velez we have an opportunity to elect a second woman to the governing body in consecutive election cycles. That’s a good thing for North Arlington. A homeowner, parent, mother, wife and taxpayer, Kelly O’Malley-Velez is the right choice for voters and we enthusiastically support her candidacy. A graduate of Kearny High School who attended Saint Peter’s College in Jersey City, Kelly is employed by Group One of Newark. Group One is an interesting, out-of-the-box and successful...
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Wednesday, October 28, 2015 - 6:06pm
Democratic Councilman Al Granell received a warning letter today just one week before the election about political signs on his own lawn (click here to see letter). According to the letter, the size of the signs was in question and apparently Councilman Granell is now in compliance. Who made this complaint? Can local Republicans be this petty and mean-spirited? Can residents find out who made this complaint? It certainly wasn’t a neighbor of Councilman Granell. Is this politically motivated? What do you think? Remember come Tuesday, November 3rd North Arlington!  
Steve Tanelli, Bergen County Board of Freeholders, Bergen County Freeholders, Freeholder Steve Tanelli
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Tuesday, October 27, 2015 - 4:54pm
Some endorsements are easier than others. In the case of North Arlington resident and former councilman Steve Tanelli, the choice is obvious. The only true representative from South Bergen on the Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders, incumbent Steve Tanelli won a fairly easy victory three years ago with a 1,700-vote win here in North Arlington! Only the third North Arlington resident to serve on the freeholder board and the first Democrat – Tanelli is a true fiscal conservative who puts homeowners first. Tanelli is hardworking, accessible and for the middle class, a person who hasn’t forgotten his roots and his strong support for the working man is without question or debate. Reform minded, Tanelli supports charter revision and has worked hard to improve our county’s park system with emphasis on Riverside County Park. State-of-the-art recreational facilities that benefit North Arlington athletes and children happened on Steve Tanelli’s watch. His commitment to the park system...
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Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 2:25pm
NA homeowners tired & weary of consistent tax hikes! North Arlington Republicans seem to live in a political bubble. After scoring back-to-back victories at the polls in 2013 and 2014, the notion of actually governing has taken a back seat to politics as usual. With a 4-2 majority on the Borough Council and a Republican Mayor for the first time in 12 years, the local GOP seem content to sit on their laurels while governing the community is seemingly an afterthought. “They control the community (Republicans), but nothing has really changed as property taxes continue to skyrocket and I need to consider if continuing to live in North Arlington is in my family’s best interest,” noted one homeowner when asked to comment on the state of NA under GOP control. According to several homeowners, a residence currently assessed above $300,000 now has a property tax bill hovering around $10,000 annually. “What am I getting for my money? Where is the value given the cost? It’s not a good...
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Saturday, October 10, 2015 - 6:23pm
Locals emphasize retaining responsible two-party government, ending the cycle of high property taxes! NORTH ARLINGTON – About 75 party members and volunteers descended upon the Arlington Diner Wednesday evening to hear council incumbents Al Granell and Tom Zammatore along with challenger Kelly O’Malley-Velez address the issues North Arlington residents really want to talk about. All in attendance were concerned about the continued spike in property taxes led by appointed Republican Councilman Brian Fitzhenry who’s raised North Arlington property taxes a record seven times! Former councilman Mark Yampaglia, a local attorney is handling phone banking and doing some door to door himself and confirmed high property taxes remains issue #1. Yampaglia who has been appointed twice by two different mayors to the governing body was elected in 2005 and reelected in 2008 and again in 2011. “Property Taxes are a real concern. There’s a feeling out there that the cost of local government far...
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Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 5:13pm
Granell, Zammatore and O’Malley-Velez to address Municipal Democratic Committee The North Arlington Democratic Committee will sponsor a candidate’s “Meet and Greet” on Wednesday, October 7th at the Arlington Diner beginning at 7PM. The North Arlington Democratic Committee is the official arm of the local Democratic Party and this year’s council ticket will be on hand to answer questions and present themselves to those in attendance. “We are fortunate to have three experienced candidates that represent the best North Arlington has to offer. We have two, time-tested incumbents and a fresh new face that is dedicated to solving the many issues North Arlington currently faces, noted Nicholas Antonicello, the party’s municipal leader. “We’re running a ticket of three community advocates concerned about our future. Councilman Al Granell is a wise and judicious monitor of municipal spending who is committed to stable taxes and stable neighborhoods. Councilman Tom Zammatore is a practicing...
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NA DEMOCRATS TO MEET OCTOBER 7TH AT ARLINGTON DINER

09/30/2015 - 5:13pm

Granell, Zammatore and O’Malley-Velez to address Municipal Democratic Committee The North Arlington Democratic Committee will sponsor a candidate’s “Meet and Greet” on Wednesday, October 7th at the Arlington Diner beginning at 7PM. The North Arlington Democratic Committee is the...

Granell or Fitzhenry? Who is the Real Fiscal Conservative?

09/27/2015 - 4:25pm

Dear Editor:   The voters of North Arlington deserve the opportunity to see candidates side by side and offer contrasting views and opinions on how best to manage this community. Having served nearly six years as your councilman, I have built a record that is pro-taxpayer – a...


Weekly Poll

Does the value of residing in North Arlington either as a homeowner or tenant exceed the cost?

Yes, North Arlington is a great value when compared to the rest of neighboring communities.
8% (6 votes)
No, North Arlington’s property taxes are out of control and we receive little in return for the cost.
92% (68 votes)
Undecided
0% (0 votes)
Total votes: 74
2015 North Arlington Council Race, Al Granell, Tom Zammatore
No matter who wins on Tuesday, North Arlington Republicans will maintain a 4-3 majority with Mayor Joe Bianchi casting the deciding vote. However if Democrats lose all three seats, you will have a 7-0 GOP majority with no checks and balances and effectively eliminating responsible two-party government in the Borough for the first time in 12 years. In a community where Democrats far outnumber Republicans, a healthy mix of Democrats and Republicans is necessary for serious discussion of the issues. One-party government can only be endorsed by that single party and that’s bad news for voters regardless of political affiliation. Democrats this year have fielded two quality incumbents worthy of reelection in former council president Al Granell and current Councilman and attorney Thomas Zammatore. Both are bright and articulate and understand the issues facing the community. Both are advocates of the Federal Express proposal that began on the watch of former Mayor Peter Massa. Both are detailed-oriented and want to see the specifics of any redevelopment deal before blindly signing on. Granell and Zammatore are experienced, private sector individuals that are community-involved and put taxpayers first. Mr. Zammatore is a parent, father, husband, lawyer, homeowner and taxpayer. He had the common sense to vote “no” on the Brian Fitzhenry inspired tax hike that increased property taxes 8 percent in the face of the Chris Christie CAP on municipal spending! Councilman Zammatore is a reasonable, bipartisan elected official who is willing to cede credit to get things done. He is more than willing to reach across party lines to a fault. He always puts North Arlington first. Being in the minority displays the content and character of an elected official. Zammatore is independent and his own man. His return for another three years is in the best interest of this community. Originally elected in 2006, Albert Granell was a chief proponent of ending the EnCap housing nightmare that...
North Arlington, Kelly O’Malley-Velez, Kelly Velez
Friday, October 30, 2015 - 3:05pm
A new council member will emerge from Tuesday’s November 3rd  municipal election and be sworn to office immediately thereafter. They will replace appointed Republican Councilman Brian Fitzhenry who is temporarily filling the unexpired term of Mayor...
Wednesday, October 28, 2015 - 6:06pm
Democratic Councilman Al Granell received a warning letter today just one week before the election about political signs on his own lawn (click here to see letter). According to the letter, the size of the signs was in question and apparently...