Judge dismisses Wainstein’s suit to postpone North Bergen school referendum

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A Hudson County Superior Court judge dismissed North Bergen mayoral hopeful Larry Wainstein’s lawsuit to postpone the township’s school referendum, which will now remain on the ballot for Tuesday.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View 

“We are thankful that Larry Wainstein’s disgraceful attempt to disenfranchise North Bergen voters and prevent the School Realignment Plan from moving forward was denied today in court,” said North Bergen Board of Education spokesman Phil Swibinski.

“Wainstein has once again proven himself to be not just a liar, but a hypocrite who has complained for years about overcrowding in schools and is now opposing a plan that would solve that problem. Now it’s up to North Bergen voters to make their voices heard and vote Yes on Tuesday for better school facilities and no increase in school taxes.” 

As HCV first reported, Wainstein’s attorney Mario Blanch alleged in the suit, filed on November 30th, that the referendum should not take place on December 11th since it was not properly noticed. 

According to the suit, the referendum notice was only published in the North Bergen Reporter, a weekly publication, and therefore did not meet the statutes for adequate public notice. 

However, that argument did not hold up in court and given that there is only one business day before the election, it seems extremely unlikely that is will be postponed. 

North Bergen Superintendent of Schools Dr. George Solter first made mention of the suit being dismissed during an appearance on Hudson County Review Live late this afternoon that mostly centered around the specifics of the referendum question. 

Wainstein did not immediately return an inquiry seeking comment.