Mayor Rich LaBarbiera Jubilant As Paramus Rallies To Support Him
As former Councilman Mike Blitzstein copiously copied down the results, the votes poured into the Democrat Headquarters at Biagio’s showing that Maria Elena Bellinger and Joe Lagana had won the election. Waving his fists In the air, LaBarbiera happily roared that the pendulum had swung; the people of Paramus had seen fit to put the two Democrat candidates on the 2012 Council. They defeated incumbents Cathy Bentz and Maureen O’Brien winning in almost every district. Assemblywoman Connie Wagner joined them in their celebration before heading down to Wood-Ridge to learn her election results.
The votes tallied at the Democrat Headquarters were: Bellinger 2897, Lagana 2819, Bentz 2693 and O’Brien 2720. Both Bellinger and Lagana echoed the fact that they were there to serve and listen to the residents of Paramus. Lagana quipped that his newborn baby was only a few months old when he started campaigning and hardly ever got home! The mayor remarked that when he got elected, he was given a volleyball; now he has a volleyball coach!
It was good to see former Mayor Jim Tedesco there as well as former Councilmen Fred Hayo, Peter Camminiti Jr., Lou Romano, Rich Conte and Denis Niland.