|Vote Column 2 on Tuesday to reelect Mayor John Labrosse and his team to another 4-year term on the Hackensack City Council.|
In Column 2 on the ballot, the 5-member Labrosse Team includes the mayor, Deputy Mayor Kathleen Canestrino, incumbent Councilmen David Sims and Leonardo "Leo" Battaglia; and Planning Board member Stephanie Von Rudenborg.
They blame Zisa allies, like the ones running in Column 1, for a "city budget with a $31 million hole" and a "Main Street on life support."
Labrosse and other council members accelerated Hackensack's ambitious downtown rehabilitation plan, expanded recreation, and delivered the city's first tax-rate cut in a decade.
|One of the apartment projects underway in downtown Hackensack is converting the former United Jersey Bank and Bank of America building, 210-214 Main St., into 127 luxury units and three duplex penthouses, which will be built on a new 11th floor.|
|The Labrosse Team campaign photo: From left, Deputy Mayor Kathleen Canestrino, David Sims, Mayor John Labrosse, Councilman Leonardo "Leo" Battaglia and Planning Board member Stephanie Von Rudenborg.|
The Record's Local news section on Saturday amounted to a Hackensack municipal election edition, with two long stories about Tuesday's City Council candidates.
One explored "a network of political donors, professional and political associates and family friends" connecting the Zisas to the so-called Hackensack United slate -- exposed on one Facebook page as "Hackensack United for Zisa."
The other reported on challengers to the Labrosse Team, including Councilwoman Deborah Keeling-Geddis, who heads the third slate, Hackensack Strong.
Both stories were by Staff Writer Rodrigo Torrejon.
Did anyone read Staff Writer Abbott Koloff's first and second installments of "UNSOLVED," about the death of a woman whose body was found "on an Oklahoma mountaintop in 2009" (Sunday and today)?
I just had a mid-afternoon cup of coffee, but still can't stifle a yawn.
The only local tie is that the victim, Jody Rilee-Wilson, "grew up in Roxbury," a small Morris County town on the fringe of The Record's circulation area.
Koloff is among the survivors of Gannett's layoffs -- more than 350 employees of North Jersey Media Group were let go in November and March.
Surely, his time could be better spent on real North Jersey news.