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COOL SCHOOL VID ON RED BANK HISTORY

Lest we forget, Red Bank is still in its centennial year, and reminders of that milestone continue to pop up now and again.

The latest is the above video, shot and produced by four students, aged 14 to 17, who enrolled in the Count Basie Theatre’s Cool School this summer.

The kids, who did all the shooting, are Dylan Smart, Jenn Lewis, Mike Hagberg Jr. and Jack Calabro, says Yvonne Scudiery, the Basie’s director of education.

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A CHAT WITH THE CANDIDATE: CANGEMI

CangemigGrace Cangemi at home on Rector Place.

On Nov. 4, Red Bank voters will have four ballot choices for two seats on the borough council, now composed of four Democrats and two Republicans.

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Both open seats, by happenstance, are held by Republicans: Grace Cangemi, who is running for re-election, and James Giannell, who is not running; he’s serving out the tail end of the term from which freeholder candidate John Curley resigned in July.

This week, redbankgreen is posting interviews with each of the candidates. Instead of transcripts, we’ve got the complete audio. The interviews are between 22 and 33 minutes in length. [See the editor’s note at bottom of story.]

The interviews are not meant to be literal head-to-head comparisons. Rather, they cover some common issues — including taxes, a community center and healthcare coverage for the mayor and council — while exploring each candidate’s own experiences a bit in order to shed some light on who they are and how they think.

We’re running them in reverse alphabetical order; Democrat Ed Zipprich’s interview ran Monday; Republican John Tyler Jr. was featured Tuesday, and Democrat Juanita Lewis was spotlighted Wednesday.

Today, in our final installment, we spotlight Cangemi.

Mary Grace Cangemi is the only incumbent in this year’s Red Bank council race, but also the only one now wrapping up her third campaign for the governing body in three years.

“Apparently, I love to run,” she says with a laugh.

A mortgage broker by day, Cangemi says without sarcasm that she loves the business of the council — interacting with residents and borough hall employees, trying to solve problems. And the coming year, she believes, will bring a slew of problems in the form of financial challenges that haven’t been experienced in a long time.

“I think we are looking at a year when we’re going to have to make some very hard decisions,” she says. That means, she says, looking public employees in the eye and telling them that even though they may deserve a raise, taxpayers can’t take on any more costs, so they’ll have to wait.

“Otherwise, we have to look our residents in the face and tell them, ‘I don’t know how you’re going to afford to live here,'” she says.

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A CHAT WITH THE CANDIDATE: LEWIS

Lewis_juanitaJuanita Lewis at home on Shrewsbury Avenue.

On Nov. 4, Red Bank voters will have four ballot choices for two seats on the borough council, now composed of four Democrats and two Republicans.

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Both open seats, by happenstance, are held by Republicans: Grace Cangemi, who is running for re-election, and James Giannell, who is not running; he’s serving out the tail end of the term from which freeholder candidate John Curley resigned in July.

This week, redbankgreen is posting interviews with each of the candidates. Instead of transcripts, we’ve got the complete audio. The interviews are between 22 and 33 minutes in length. [See the editor’s note at bottom of story.]

The interviews are not meant to be literal head-to-head comparisons. Rather, they cover some common issues — including taxes, a community center and healthcare coverage for the mayor and council — while exploring each candidate’s own experiences a bit in order to shed some light on who they are and how they think.

We’re running them in reverse alphabetical order; Democrat Ed Zipprich’s interview ran Monday; Republican John Tyler Jr. was featured yesterday, and we’ll wrap up with Cangemi on Thursday.

Today, we spotlight Democrat Juanita Lewis.

Juanita Lewis, now in her second term on the Red Bank Board of Education, also serves on the newly re-started Red Bank Borough Education Foundation. She’s been active in Red Bank Pop Warner. She’s also president of the Rutgers African-American Alumni Alliance, Inc.

Clearly, education and opportunity are passions in the life of Lewis, an unmarried, childless Red Bank native with an MBA. And they form a centerpiece of her first campaign for council.

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A CHAT WITH THE CANDIDATE: TYLER

TylerJohn Tyler Jr. at home on Leighton Avenue with the family dog, Goldie.

On Nov. 4, Red Bank voters will have four ballot choices for two seats on the borough council, now composed of four Democrats and two Republicans.

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Both open seats, by happenstance, are held by Republicans: Grace Cangemi, who is running for re-election, and James Giannell, who is not running; he’s serving out the tail end of the term from which freeholder candidate John Curley resigned in July.

This week, redbankgreen is posting interviews with each of the candidates. Instead of transcripts, we’ve got the complete audio. The interviews are between 22 and 33 minutes in length. [See the editor’s note at bottom of story.]

The interviews are not meant to be literal head-to-head comparisons. Rather, they cover some common issues — including taxes, a community center and healthcare coverage for the mayor and council — while exploring each candidate’s own experiences a bit in order to shed some light on who they are and how they think.

We’re running them in reverse alphabetical order; Democrat Ed Zipprich’s interview ran Monday, his running mate, Juanita Lewis, will be featured tomorrow, and we’ll wrap up with Cangemi on Thursday.

Today, we spotlight Republican John S. Tyler Jr.

To the extent that John Tyler has a public profile in Red Bank, it is as one of several Leighton Avenue residents who for more than two years have been tying to get Best Liquors shut down as a public nuisance. Frustrated by what he sees as foot-dragging by the governing body, Tyler is a regular at council meetings, where he presses for updates on the case. (A ruling is still pending at the state Alcoholic Beverage Control division.)

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A NEARLY DEBATE-FREE DEBATE

AudienceThe scene at the River Street Commons auditorium last night.

The candidates rarely differed on policy or outlook, and when they did, not by much. The only raised voices were those of audience members calling for the candidates to speak up loudly enough to be heard.

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Last night’s annual Red Bank candidates forum, sponsored for the twelfth year in a row by the West Side Community Group, was a bloodless affair. Looming over it was the question of whether the two council seats on the Nov. 4 ballot, now held by the governing body’s only two Republicans, should stay that way.

LewisDemocrat Juanita Lewis, left, is making her first running for council.

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COUNCIL DEBATE SCHEDULED; ALSO, PIE

Councilcandidates08Incumbent Republican Grace Cangemi, left, and running mate John Tyler Jr., right square off against Ed Zipprich and Juanita Lewis, center, at next week’s candidates’ forum. (Click to enlarge)

Big night for the politically tuned-in next Wednesday — particularly those with a hankering for baked sweets.

Most prominently, there’s the third and final presidential debate between senators John McCain and Barack Obama on television at 9p.

That’ll be preceded, locally, by the 12th annual candidates’ night in Red Bank, where four candidates for two council seats will square off starting at 7p.

But while some voters may be wondering how they can squeeze both into their schedules, just as tempting to many, no doubt, will be the “National Presidential Community Dessert Fellowship & Debate Watch Night” at the Pilgrim Baptist Church.

That’s a cramped way of saying the church will be showing the presidential debate on a large-screen television, but first will throw down with desserts brought in by attendees. That event is open to the public, non-partisan, and begins at 7:30p.

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MENNA’S GOP PICK: GIANNELL, NOT TYLER

Tyler_cangemiGOP council candidates John Tyler, left, and Grace Cangemi, right, meet with reporters after last night’s meeting.

By virtue of a strong showing in last year’s race, second-time council candidate John Tyler Jr. may have been the presumptive favorite to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Red Bank Councilman John Curley last month. But the choice among three Republican nominees for the spot was in the hands of the Democrats, who are seeking to hold onto or expand their 4-2 majority.

Last night, on the recommendation of Mayor Pasquale Menna, the council picked John Giannell of Pearl Street to complete Curley’s term, which expires December 31. There was no discussion of the choice among the council members, and the entire council voted in favor, including Tyler’s running mate, incumbent Grace Cangemi.

“I have known John Giannell since I’ve been in Red Bank,” she told reporters afterward. “I think he’s a fine man. He’s a good-government guy. Very fiscally responsible.”

Still, though the local GOP party submitted three names for consideration — the third was Steve Fitzpatrick — “the party’s preference, of course, was to have John Tyler,” Cangemi said. “I think it was a political decision not to give him the advantage of incumbency” going into this fall’s election, in which she and Tyler will face off against Juanita Lewis and Ed Zipprich.

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TYLER, 2 OTHERS, ON LIST FOR CURLEY SEAT

Tyler_johnReady to serve, he says: John Tyler at borough hall last night.

As expected, the Red Bank Republican organization has nominated John Tyler of Leighton Avenue and two others for the borough council spot vacated by the resignation of John Curley two weeks ago.

The council, led 4-1 by Democrats in the interim, now has 15 days to choose from among the three.

Tyler’s inclusion on the list, with Steve Fitzpatrick and John Giannell, is unsurprising given that he’s already on the GOP council ticket with incumbent Grace Cangemi as the party seeks to hold onto to the little it’s got at the local level. They’ll face Dems Juanita Lewis and Ed Zipprich in November.

Tyler’s on the ticket because of his impressive first-time run for council last year, when he lost a squeaker to Kathleen Horgan.

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MINI-BOMBSHELL: CURLEY RESIGNS

Img_4630Councilman John Curley embraces Mayor Pasquale Menna after tonight’s council session.

With four months left to his term, firebrand Republican John Curley announced his resignation from the Red Bank Council tonight, creating the possibility that a party-chosen successor could get much needed facetime before voters in advance of November’s election, in which both GOP seats are at stake.

With his announcement that he was moving to the Shadow Lake development in Middletown, Curley stunned Mayor Pasquale Menna and all but one of his council colleagues: fellow Republican Grace Cangemi, who herself gained a foothold on the council following the resignation of Kaye Ernst early in 2007.

She alone among elected officials had been tipped off, Curley said later.

Curley is running for Monmouth County Freeholder along with incumbent Lillian Burry, and is not seeking re-election to the council. Cangemi, now in what would have been the last year of Ernst’s three-year term, is up for re-election, running with Leighton Avenue resident John Tyler. They’ll square off this fall against Democrats Ed Zipprich and Juanita Lewis.

Curley said council politics hadn’t entered into his decision, which he informed borough GOP chairman Jack Minton about Sunday night.

Reading from a resignation letter he said he had sent to Monmouth County Clerk M. Claire French, Curley said he was resigning effective 5p Tuesday in part because he could not simultaneously run for county freeholder and effectively serve the residents of Red Bank.

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TWO DAYS IN CELEBRATION OF A CENTURY

Parade_2The kind of parade George Bowden dreams of: scads of bunting throughout town, with perhaps a giant balloon strapped to the roof of a motorcar, as seen in this undated photo from Helen C. Phillips’ “Red Bank on the Navesink.”

After a late start, plans for the two-day Red Bank centennial festival next weekend are largely in place, organizers say.

The celebration of Red Bank’s 1908 designation as a borough kicks off with a parade through the heart of town on Saturday, May 17, followed by a free picnic for residents at Count Basie Field.

A day of maritime celebration follows on Sunday, with an armada of boats on the Navesink River, a flyover of ultralight airplanes and activities and displays in Marine Park.

And there will plenty of bunting, says one of the Bunting Boys, George Bowden. He tells redbankgreen that more than 60 buildings on and near the parade route have purchased banners for display.

“All of a sudden, things are coming into pretty fast focus,” says Bowden.

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MORANA LOCKS UP JOB FOR FIVE YEARS

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The Red Bank Board of Education last night ratified a five-year employment contract with Superintendent Laura Morana that will pay her $155,000 this year, the Asbury Park Press reports today.

The pact includes annual four-percent raises. It replaces a three-year contract that was to have expired in 2009, and carried a base salary of $143,000, the newspaper reports.

From the article:

Board members cited Morana’s fiscal management and improving the district’s academic reputation as some of the reasons for signing her to a new contract.

“When I first came on the board, I said with the size of the district, this should be a model district,” said Janet Jones, former board president. “I believe that under Laura Morana’s leadership, we’re on our way.”

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BUNTING BOYS UPDATE: PAINTIN’ THE TOWN

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The celebration of Red Bank’s centennial is little more than six weeks away, and today’s Asbury Park Press checks in with one of the planning committee’s two Bunting Boys for a report on how plans to bedeck the business district in red, white and blue are going.

The committee’s goal is to unleash a display of colorful patriotism to rival the borough’s first-anniversary celebration in 1909, said Edward Zipprich, committee member, who has been canvassing businesses with other members to get them to participate.

“We’ve shown them how the town was dressed up in 1909 for the first anniversary,” said Zipprich, also a member of the Historic Preservation Committee. “The level of excitement has been terrific.”

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COMING SOON TO STORES: BUNTING BOYS

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We call them the ‘bunting boys’ because ‘The History Boys‘ is taken, and one of them is among the most vigorous 80-year-olds you’ll ever encounter (not to mention one of the most colorful wielders of the English language).

Ed Zipprich and George Bowden of the Red Bank Historic Preservation Commission are planning to canvas businesses with an offering of flags, bunting and other decorative accoutrements of old-timey American jublilees next week.

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Their aim? To bedeck the proposed route of the borough’s May 17 centennial parade with as much red, white and blue as the facades can handle, and thus revive a sense of the pride and community spirit that was far more in evidence a century ago.

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THIS ONE TAKES THE CAKE

RbcakeEd Zipprich’s civic-minded dessert, complete with iceboat logo.

Turns out Red Bank’s centennial did not go completely overlooked this weekend.

River Road resident Ed Zipprich and his partner, JP Nicolaides, threw a little party for neighbors and friends that featured the cake shown above.

In response to our posting earlier today — in which we asked “Where’s the cake?” — Zipprich tells us, via an email, “I have the birthday cake.”

(Doesn’t quite have the dark resonance of “I drink your milkshake,” but hey, it’s a party.)

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RED BANK DEMS: ‘COULDA LOST BUT DIDN’T’

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Red Bank Democrats appear to have held their 4-2 council majority with narrow wins Tuesday by Council President Sharon Lee, who bagged a second term, and Zoning Board member Kathleen Horgan.

But Democratic newcomer Ed Zipprich apparently didn’t have enough juice to nudge Grace Cangemi from the seat she’s held as an appointee since March. Uncertified figures have Cangemi beating Zipprich by 59 votes for the right to finish out the term begun by Kaye Ernst, who resigned and moved out of state in January.

The closeness of the race was reminiscent of last year’s finale for mayor and council, in which Cangemi was bested by Mike DuPont by absentee ballots. A recurrence of that seemed unlikely this morning.

“Last year, it swung by 20 votes,” Cangemi said as she awaited the arrival of Jennifer Beck, upset winner in the 12th district Senate race, at the Dublin House early today. “I can’t imagine it swinging by 60 votes this time. We just don’t cast that many absentee votes in Red Bank.”

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RED BANK: LEE, HORGAN & MAYBE CANGEMI

Unofficial tallies in the Red Bank Council race indicate that incumbent Sharon Lee and Democratic running mate Kathleen Horgan are winners.

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Grace Cangemi appears to have won the one-year spot over Ed Zipprich by 59 votes. But the borough Democrats were holding onto hope of a sweep when an unknown number of absentee and provisional ballots are counted, a process that will still underway as of 10p.

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IT’S ALL OVER BUT THE VOTING & COUNTING

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Council candidate Grace Cangemi arrives at the 8th district polling station (the Senior Citizens’ Center, on Shrewsbury Avenue), presumably to “re-elect” herself. Joe Parrillo of Madison Avenue emerges from a voting booth at the district 4 station, at the United Methodist Church on Broad Street.

Voting was moderate-to-busy at two Red Bank polling stations visited by redbankgreen at midmorning today.

The 4th district had seen about 75 voters come in. Over at the 8th, about 40 citizens had pushed the buttons. Workers at both stations said those numbers were on par with activity seen in the last general election.

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DID CURLEY’S FLIER SLIME DUPONT’S WIFE?

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Councilman Michael DuPont contends that this flier, distributed by Republican Councilman John Curley to Red Bank residents last week, is a smear on his wife. [Click on flier to enlarge]

In a letter to the editor published in the current issue of the Two River Times (print version only), DuPont says the handout — printed on vivid green paper — defames his wife, Doreen, who gave birth to twins earlier this year.

As evidence, Dupont cites the flier’s claim that “Our new Mayor [Pasquale] Menna appointed DuPont and [former Mayor Ed] McKenna’s wife to the Planning Board. How cozy.”

On his first day as mayor in January, Menna nominated Christine McKenna to serve as an alternate member of the planning board for a term that ends Dec. 31. The nomination was part of an omnibus reorganization resolution that included several dozen appointments. Curley voted no on the measure, which was passed by the Democratic majority. Download rb_appointments_10107.pdf

DuPont, however, is not on the planning board and has never been, he says.

Here’s an excerpt from DuPont’s letter:

Councilman Curley, your lime-green letter endorsing your colleagues defames my wife with falsehoods and insinuations. You owe her an apology and the truth to the residents of Red Bank. Your lime-green letter is simply political slime.

But Curley’s handout does not make any mention of DuPont’s spouse, unless it is interpreted as meaning DuPont and McKenna are maried to the same woman.

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FEW SPARKS FROM COUNCIL CANDIDATES

Img_7126Republicans John Tyler, upper left, and Grace Cangemi draw lots from forum moderator Amy Goldsmith to see who will speak first as Democrats Ed Zipprich, Kathy Horgan and Sharon Lee, all in foreground, look on.

They came, they saw, they spoke in generalities.

Five of the six candidates for Red Bank Borough Council turned out for last night’s candidates forum put together by the West Side Community Group at River Street Commons.

“Overdevelopment” was a concern for several, including Democrat Kathleen Horgan, a member of the Zoning Board who’s seeking her first elective office.

“Educating our children” was high on Republican John Tyler’s agenda.

“Quality of life” was mentioned by most, as were pleas for residents to “get involved” in their neighborhoods and in local issues.

Once in a while, the candidates hinted at what they might actually do if elected — push for police foot patrols, for example, a goal voiced by the sole incumbent among the candidates, Republican Grace Cangemi, who’s running for the remaining year of the unexpired term she was appointed to earlier this year when Kaye Ernst quit and moved away.

For the most part though, while they clearly brought distinct perspectives, the contenders offered little in the way of specific plans of action. Rather, the event proved more an opportunity for voters to size up the candidates as in-the-flesh beings.

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BANNON OUT, TYLER IN, ON GOP SLATE

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By LINDA G. RASTELLI

Six weeks after the primary election but well before the real start of this year’s race for Red Bank council, the Republicans have changed their slate.

Leighton Avenue resident John Tyler has replaced Mary Ellen Bannon as one of two party representatives seeking a pair of three-year terms.

Bannon, we hear, stepped down because she’s getting married and the council race was too much additional burden for her to carry. We were unable to locate her for comment.

Tyler and his wife, Krishna, have been in the forefront among West Side residents lobbying for the revocation of Best Liquors’ alcohol distribution license. The store is located two doors down from their home on Leighton Avenue.

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THE ‘ENERGIZER BUNNY’ OF PRESERVATION

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Considering its dire implications, the news earlier this month that a Red Bank house had been had been designated one of New Jersey’s 10 most endangered historic sites was oddly encouraging to a near-octagenarian with a weatherbeaten voice and fu manchu straight out of the ’60s.

Oddly, that is, because inclusion on the list put together by Preservation New Jersey provides no guarantees that the house will be saved. It offers no legal leverage against a present or future owner who might decide to knock the house down. There’s no money in it, either.

In sum, the appellation is as toothless as a newborn.

Yet George Bowden was ecstatic. He’d known that the house, once the home of pioneering African-American newspaperman T. (Timothy) Thomas Fortune, might land on the list, but asked that that not be publicized until it was official, after which “we can blow it sky high,” he told redbankgreen with characteristic enthusiasm.

Once it was announced, Bowden started making plans to leverage the endorsement of historians across the state. He began planning outreach to community groups, leaders of African-American congregations — he’s even reached out to Oprah. Whatever it takes to get the word out.

“You can try to prevent it through the press, or local support,” he says, “but there’s no legal groundwork for preventing demolition.”

“He’s like the Energizer bunny,” says Ed Zipprich, a candidate for council this year who serves on the borough’s Historical Preservation Commission that Bowden heads.

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FORTUNE HOUSE’S GOOD FORTUNE, FOR NOW

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The T. Thomas Fortune House, home to one of America’s first African-American newspaper publishers — and coiner of the term ‘African-American’ — is among New Jersey’s 10 most endangered historic locales, a statewide conservation group said yesterday.

The inclusion of the house by Preservation New Jersey is the latest in a series of designations granted to the structure at 94 Drs. James Parker Boulevard. It was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976 and to a comparable New Jersey list three years later.

Still, like the designations that came before it, the latest one conveys no special status should the current or a future owner of the property decide to tear it down. And that possibility has Red Bank history buffs on edge because the house is up for sale by its longtime owners, the Vaccarelli family.

“It doesn’t give us any leverage to stop a demolition,” says George Bowden, chairman of the borough’s Historic Preservation Committee. “But the concern is there. This is one we don’t want to go down the tubes.”

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PRESS: BIFANI WON’T SEEK NEW TERM

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Red Bank Councilman R.J. Bifani, a Democrat, won’t seek re-election in November, the Asbury Park Press is reporting.

So Council President Sharon Lee will be joined on the party’s ticket by Kathleen Horgan of Branch Avenue, the Press reports.

Bifani isn’t quoted in the item, and no reason for his decision to step aside is given. The Press says he’s been on council since the early 1990s. He’s currently the council liaison to the Public Works department.

Bifani did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

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