North Bergen school funding referendum passes with ease

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The North Bergen ballot question that will now allow the local board of education to bond for $60 million to upgrade their facilities easily passed at the polls this evening.

Photo via https://horacemann.northbergen.k12.nj.us.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“I would like to thank the voters of North Bergen for their support on a brutally cold day in our efforts to finally give our children the excellent school facilities they deserve while protecting taxpayers,” state Senator (D-32)/Mayor Nick Sacco said in a statement.

“This outstanding result shows that the community agrees strongly with our vision for improving our schools, despite the constant lies and deception from political opponents who stood against our school children.”

Township voters approved the ballot question in a landslide: unofficial totals show approximately 3,800 votes in favor of the referendum, which was backed by Sacco, to 1,300 votes against.

The school district is now poised to receive $26 million in state education debt service support towards the realignment plan, which will add a new school building while also making major renovations and reducing class sizes district wide.

However, there is a chance this still isn’t the final chapter: West New York attorney Mario Blanch, a close ally of Sacco antagonist Larry Wainstein, has a pending lawsuit that tried to prevent the referendum from happening today.

While that was not the case, the results of the election will not be certified until the merits of the lawsuit are heard, according to Blanch.