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Baillie, Wolkowitz Elected to Madison Borough Council

Democrats win three-year seats on the governing body.

Madison voters elected Democrats Astri Baillie and Benjamin Wolkowitz to three-year seats on the Madison Borough Council, beating Republicans John Hoover and Carmen Pico, according to unofficial results.

Preliminary results, not counting provisional ballots, showed Baillie, a former councilwoman, and Wolkowitz, receiving 3,149 and 3,123 votes, respectively. Hoover and Pico received 2,854 and 2,728 votes, respectively.

"I'd like to thank the people of Madison for their support, and I look forward to working on behalf of everyone in Madison," Wolkowitz said.

Hoover said he and Pico set out to do the best job campaigning they could, ran an honest campaign and enjoyed a tremendous amount of support. Hoover, the Board of Health president, said he will try to stay involved volunteering for the borough to make a difference.

Linda Augustine November 07, 2012 at 04:26 AM
Yay!!! Congratulations to Astri Baillie &Benjamin Wolkowitz!!! Congratulations to Mayor Conley for getting two excellent team members! It looks like 2013 will be a fresh start for Madison! I am really impressed by the integrity, the character & the brain power of the newly elected council members!!!! The sun has come out again after a demoralizing period of darkness & shame!
The Madison Truth Squad November 07, 2012 at 04:28 AM
Hang onto your wallets folks, She's Baaaaaaaaaaaaaack.
Larry Bruce November 07, 2012 at 11:57 AM
That's right and you're still gutless. Three down, two to go.
The Madison Truth Squad November 07, 2012 at 05:01 PM
Thought there were three R's still on council?? Oh, and we checked, and our intestines are still intact, but thanks for the concern.
Aladdin Sarsippius Sulemenagic Jackson III November 07, 2012 at 05:15 PM
Landrigan doesn't count - he quietly acknowledged the error in blindly following the other two in dismissing Codey. He is OK in my book. Plus he and the Mayor worked well together and both did a great job during the storm - even the Ds will vote to reelect Landrigan when it comes time. The other two are toast - look what happened to the big guy's wife during the BoE election.
The Madison Truth Squad November 07, 2012 at 06:54 PM
How does one, "quietly acknowledge the error"? Did he whisper in your ear?? For someone who was just, "blindly following," he seemed pretty adamant about it being necessary to close a budget gap at the time they eliminated the position. But it is heartening to see that your "book" is big enough to include Republicans. As for the BOE election, was there really a race? Never saw anything from "the big guy's" wife that indicated she was even running. Finally, wouldn't get too worked up about next year. This year's race was pretty close considering that you had a three-time council candidate at the top of the Democrat ticket, they spent a boatload of money (so much for being the party of the 47%) and all the faux sturm und drang that some people claimed was going to crush the Republicans.
Aladdin Sarsippius Sulemenagic Jackson III November 07, 2012 at 07:02 PM
300+ vote margin is considered crushing in Madison. Do you even live here?
Larry Bruce November 07, 2012 at 07:43 PM
Three down, two to go. Mrs. School Board was the third. "Boatload" - what a clown. And they were crushed, 14 districts & the Dems won 11. And it doesn't matter if you get worked up or not, neither of the remaining Codey Conspirators will win any more elections in Madison - in my opinion of course. I don't speaks for squads of people like you. Pretty poor job getting the squad out to vote by the way.
The Madison Truth Squad November 07, 2012 at 08:14 PM
3,123 - 2,854 < 270. Can you even do simple math? And "crushing" isn't 52/48 anywhere, except in JackA$@Land.
The Madison Truth Squad November 07, 2012 at 08:26 PM
Those color, glossy mailers, a full page color ad in the Eagle and a standing ad on the Patch weren't cheap. How much money did Codey & Co. wheel into Madison from Essex county to reinforce their Morris county beachhead? As for turnout, both parties had less people show up and vote for their candidates than 2008, and that's more about how unexcited people were about the Romney/Obama match-up than the Madison Borough council or BOE races.
CoolBreeze November 07, 2012 at 09:35 PM
You can't blame Codey & Co for dumping cash into the race - after all that's what politics is all about - money. If anything you should question why Rodney F. didnt do the same for his party. It's not like the man is short of funds.
The Madison Truth Squad November 07, 2012 at 09:59 PM
You CAN question what will be expected in return. Essex county Dems don't do nuth'in for free. The Borough still needs an Attorney. Sure the former governor knows someone who would fit the bill. Now that Baillie is back, you can be sure borrowing will return too. Borrowing means the borough needs a Bond Counsel. Lots of firms with Dem ties chomping at the bit for that business. Governor Codey knows all about the Insurance business. Maybe his former firm can "consult" for the borough. It's also possible that it's time for some longtime administrators to turn over. Lots of Dems would love to work in Madison on the Public Payroll with Cousin Ray as their boss. Now that they have the votes, the Codey Team can make that happen. As Woodward and Bernstein learned, Follow the Money.
been there done that November 08, 2012 at 01:31 AM
why are democrats typically so angry? are they the ones that have been left behind and the only way they can catch up is to expropriate other people's success?
Larry Bruce November 08, 2012 at 12:50 PM
Since you posted this comment on this article, I guess you think it has some relevance to either the article itself or one (or more) of the comments. Please explain what you are referencing.
Aladdin Sarsippius Sulemenagic Jackson III November 08, 2012 at 01:20 PM
Truthey - so you guys finally admit that firing Codey was all about getting back at his cousin, the senator, and had nothing at all to do with the budget. Tsukey bragged about it at GOP functions - yes, we were there listening to her. The truth squad finally speaks the truth.
The Madison Truth Squad November 09, 2012 at 01:05 AM
Nice try Mr. JA. Realize that twisting words is second nature to Libs, but that wasn't what we said. We also note that no one has rebutted the fact that the Essex Dem machine wheeled money into Madison to secure the council for their party and future plum appointments recommended by the party bosses. Also, who/what is the "Alliance for Progress," which donated $1,750 to the Baillie/Wolkowitz campaign at the 11th hour? A search of the web provides no info on this shadowy organization. http://www.elec.state.nj.us/FnOpenClient/FnJavaView.aspx?Library=DefaultIMS:ELEC_ONLINE:FILENET&Id=2829918&ObjType=2&Op=View Seems like a lot of people from outside Madison spent some serious $$ to put Ms. Baillie back on council.
Larry Bruce November 09, 2012 at 02:52 PM
Please keep talking Truthie. Did you notice that the only races in Madison where the Democrats got more votes than the Republicans were the ones you had something to do with?
The Madison Truth Squad November 09, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Glad we have your permission to keep posting comments. As for cause and effect, interesting theory - Absent the Truth Squad's comments, Hoover & Pico would have won. Seems unlikely, but to test your theory, next year we'll endorse your candidates. Just let us know who they will be and we'll start working up a Pro-Bobo campaign now.
Larry Bruce November 11, 2012 at 11:10 AM
Unless either the incumbents decide not to run again or the Democrats can't find anybody with teeth to run, then they won't need your help - Pro-Bobo or not.
Thomas Broskey November 24, 2012 at 06:23 AM
Poor Pico! What a tragicomical hero! Oh Pico, oh Pico! May God bless your soul!

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