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Carifi for Mayor Campaign Adds Ticketmates

Council Candidates Robert Peluso and Louis Valori have hitched their campaign to Carifi's effort.

Town Council member Paul Carifi Jr.. running for mayor, now has company in his bid for the top job at Town Hall.

Carifi for Mayor announced Thursday that Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce President Robert J. Peluso and retired Parsippany Police Sgt. Louis Valori, who launched their joint campaign for council last month, will join the challengers' ticket.

Carifi said he recently met with Peluso and Valori in Lake Parsippany to discuss their campaign platforms.

“Like many people in our community, our families mean everything to us, and it became clear to me that this year’s election is about Parsippany’s future," he said. "It’s about who is best prepared to face the challenges ahead to make Parsippany, said Carifi.

Peluso noted that the three found they had much in common and decided they can do more by working together.

“Collectively we found few things more enjoyable than working with our community through our combined 70 years of accomplishment in serving our community," he said.

Valori agreed.

“It is clear that our diversity in education, knowledge, and experience makes us a solid team to lead Parsippany,” he said.

In a joint statement, Carifi, Peluso and Valori said their focus will be to fix what is broken and improve what is good.

"We face some real challenges in our community," the statement read. "The cost of living is increasing and we are taking home less to cover the expenses that are mandated upon us through taxes. Traffic has been increasing, flooding issues have not been resolved and businesses are moving out at an alarming rate."

The ticket said it will focus on facing "the tough challenges" and working to ensure citizens' tax dollars are spent wisely.

The ticket will face off in the June 4 Republican primary against Mayor James Barberio, who so far is running unofficially with Milin Shah.

frustrated February 07, 2013 at 11:43 PM
The Ticket of Dewy , Cheatum and How
Scott Dean February 08, 2013 at 12:53 AM
" Fix whats broken " Gentleman you have a large punchlist to go over! Suggestion dont borrow the former BOE's toolbox Please !!!
Mike February 08, 2013 at 02:57 AM
Ive seen better threesomes in adult films...this is not good for Parsippany
Joe Kenny February 08, 2013 at 03:14 AM
Mike, have you seen Barberio, Shah and Ferrara, please. At least Carifi, Peluso and Valori aret three individuals who are highly respected professionals. They deserve a chance. The residents of Parsippany know Barberio blew his chance
Michael Brancato February 08, 2013 at 01:29 PM
Mr Dean, these gentlemen are running for Mayor and Town Council, which is a separate entity from the Board of Education.
Mrs. K February 08, 2013 at 03:45 PM
Respected??? Mention Carifi's name at the Sheriff's department and see the reaction you receive!
Robert Grazo February 08, 2013 at 07:07 PM
Mrs. K, if you mention his name there all you would here is how highly respected he was and still is. He trained thousands of officers and was in charge of an elite unit. You're not in those positions if you're not respected and a true leader.
Forsaken February 08, 2013 at 07:15 PM
Mayor Carifi and soon to be Chief Carifi also. The current Chief is retiring March 1st. Just announced today . The current Mayor will back down and promote his good buddy James instead of moving the Deputy to that spot . I guess it' s not about the best person bit more like how connected you are that gets you ahead. I see the signs now Carifiville.
Jim February 08, 2013 at 07:45 PM
I hope the new Mayor whom ever it is shows more respect towards the feelings and wishes of his fellow citizens unlike our current Mayor, who ignors the will of the people. Re; Field of Dreams and dontrezonewaterview.com. The voters will not forget I hope Mr. Carifi is listening!!!! and willing to do the right thing
Mrs. K February 08, 2013 at 08:08 PM
HAHA I needed that laugh! Thanks Mr. Grazo!!
debbie blair February 08, 2013 at 09:15 PM
For all you jealous Barberio supporters out there, enough is enough!! Its very apparent that you are jealous of their accomplishments in their careers You continue to make these conspiracy theories against the Carifi's with no factual evidence!! But what is factulal about Mayor Barberio is the following: Attorney fees that are costing the taxpayers 1,000,000 per years. Multiple lawsuits from town employees juest recently costing the taxpayers 250,000 for TWSP Clerk only working 4 months, Field of Dreams 100,000+ in attorney fees. Millions of suqare feet in attorney fees which = loss of ratables for the taxpayers! He is pushing Whole Foods on the residents of Lake Intervale so he could get campaign donations! Handled the flood in Lk Hiawatha so poorly and treated those residents horribly . The taxes in the Township continue to increase and were still 30 officers short and the Mayor continues to make unecessary promotions. And just wait until the taxpayers see the Chiefs big fat payout he gets all because the Mayor gave him a FAT contract much better than Chief Peckerman! All because the Mayor is cluless. So when the chief gets paid out He could hired 10 officers easily all thanks to our Mayor. So think before you make these unecessay allegations because I am just warming up with the facts on our clueless Mayor!! Just remember lack of job experience and education = Mayor Barberio!!
Scott Dean February 09, 2013 at 01:31 AM
Michael, I am aware of the seperate entities. Just making the point of Birds of a feather flock together it seems
Frank L February 09, 2013 at 01:41 AM
Debbie Blair, You are right on target!!! Republicans should be celebrating. And hopefully the jealous Barberio supporters will have a rude awakening on their hands when voters oust the ineffective officeholder. And Mrs. K -- get out of your Par-Troy Police spokesman's wife role. It is unbecoming, you got conflict-of-interest issues, and you lack so much credibility. So as you blog away Mrs. K -- know you are making no impact because you are deeply entrenched in the current workings of what is bringing this township down -- a current administration that is driving its taxpayers into bankruptcy. This township doesn't care what your self-proclaimed inside law enforcement knowledge is. This township needs some serious leadership and we DON'T have it and need it NOW. It is obvious Mrs. K's family directly benefit's from Town Hall's current make up and anything she says should be dismissed. But Mrs. K, take heart -- if the current administration could hire a second Par-Troy Police spokesperson, YOU should be it, ha ha ha. This administration has some serious ills and great exposure, is grossly sleeping behind the wheel, and should be replaced immediately!
patchitup1 February 09, 2013 at 04:37 AM
Your facts are not true. Fact the current attorney has made $200,000 LESS in 3 years than the prior one under Mayor Luther! See Patch article from this week. Fact: the town council picked & voted in the clerck who was awarded the settelment AND agree to the settlement, both included Paul Carifis Votes! The field of dreams was a plan to help re-build township assets (2 high school fields) at less cost to the tax payers than the failed BOE 7.7 million dollar plan. You speak of ratables " Whole foods " would bring in over a million dollars A year! You speak of the police dept. Being 30 cops short. Maybe the law suit by Capt. Carifi is what u should be telling the public about? And how he was not even around for the flood! The people should also know that Peluso ran for council with Jim Vig & Tom Russo. They lost but were generously backed by Mr. Mosburg who everyone knows is backing Paul and his buddy Louie after all they have done a number of home flips together . Check your facts
Selene February 09, 2013 at 05:12 AM
Yeah Debbie!!!!
VietNam Vet February 09, 2013 at 06:26 AM
Debbie, I find myself agreeing with you here. He leaves a lot to be desired in town, and you must have forgot to mention, we now have to pay for the bage for yard waste because of all the other spending he is doing.
Natalie Davis (Editor) February 09, 2013 at 06:35 AM
The rumors are flying, to be sure, but no official announcement has been made about the chief retiring.
Carol M. February 09, 2013 at 01:37 PM
Well I was hoping this wouldn't happen. I don't understand why everyone supposedly cringes over nepotism and here we have two respected, intelligent candidates throwing a total and complete disregard of that dirty word right in our faces by joining Mr Carifi's ticket and no one has a problem with that? If the timing was reversed and P Carifi was mayor before J Carifi was a police captain, you'd all be screaming fowl but, you're just fine with putting P Carifi in office to make decisions about his brothers career with our tax dollars? One of the most common arguments against nepotism is that the emotional ties between people who are related may negatively affect their decision making abilities. Family members of elected officials are often prohibited from working in the organizations their family members lead because the mere appearance of impropriety runs high. Why would you be willing to take that chance in Parsippany? Jonathan Turley, a law professor at George Washington University, says nepotism in politics is a terrible thing, "It combines the two most powerful motivations... procreation and power." and the benefactors are the family members of the powerful elite.
Mrs. K February 09, 2013 at 02:52 PM
Phil, My husband is a paramedic. I am entitled to an opinion as a tax paying citizen of Parsippany. I never said I supported the current mayor. I never claimed I had inside information, but as someone who has a long line of family members in law enforcement, I know how things work. My father negotiated many contracts in his day, and I have negotiated union contracts at my former employer. Don't make assumptions Mr. L.....
debbie blair February 09, 2013 at 03:26 PM
Mayor Barberio or should I say Patchup1 You just don't get it you cant admit to your failures and weakneses. The fact of the matter is that you have spent at least 1,000,000 a year in our taxpayers dollars on attorney fees. You publicy defend John Ingelisino as him being your personal Teddy Bear! The fact of the matter is he is over charging our town and you dont care because he is giving you money and he will be getting his friends to contirbute to your campaign. What I find interesting not once has the Johnny suggest that he would lower his rates to save the taxpayers money. Why Mayor because this is all about you! You could care less about the taxpayers! Why because you nevers had a real job in your career! At one point in time you were making chocalate for a living! What a great portfollio and your criticzing highly educated men who have a vision and plan for the town! And the lawsuit for 250,000 was all your fault not the council you were accused not the council members. And the field of dreams was all about you getting votes! You cared less about the taxpayers you tried to bully it through at the taxpayers expense. And who did we pay for it? Your TEDDY BEAR Johnny Ingelisiono at the taxpayers expense. And just remember you sound like a little jealous boy Mr. Choclate man when you criticize these men!! Ah if your bored there are many drug dealers locked up in the county jail please write some liencey letters for them or have your attorney! Thank you candy boy!
Vincent S. February 09, 2013 at 05:22 PM
Patchitup1 or should I say Gerry Manning or Mr. Mayor yourself, we both know that Mr. Carifi was not even on the town council at the time you, Mr. dePeirro and Mr. Fox selected the town clerk who sued us and you settled for over $200K becuase of your poor choice. As is I'm sure when all is said and done I'm sure the town will be liable again because of the poor decisions you have made and what you have allowed to happen to the people who work for this town. Keep up with all your nonsense, the taxpayers are not stupid in this town, we all know how much money Barberio has cost our town and will put an end to it in June.
Vincent S. February 09, 2013 at 05:32 PM
Carol M. anyone who knows Mr. Carifi, Mr. Valori and Mr. Peluso know that they are fine, intelligent individuals who will work hard for this town. Look at yourself in the mirror can you honestly say that Barberio has done a good job, you can't, know one can except for his few cronies that hang out with him all the time at the Empire Diner. Can you really say that Barberio and his buddy Vinnie Ferrara are good for this town, just look at them. Carol, change is coming in June.
John Browning February 09, 2013 at 07:18 PM
Barberio is a RINO and should not get any conservative's votes.
diane holder February 09, 2013 at 07:40 PM
Mayor Barberio has disgraced the Republican party by running the town into the ground and furhtermore putting Milin Shah a former Democrat who ran a ticket against Mayor Barberio, Councilmen John Fox and Councilmen Mike dePerio unsuccessfully. This is also the same young man that supported Obama openly and worked against slandering our Republican Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen. So all you elected officals in the 26 districts get very educated on the Mayors slate along with the Mayors poor tracking record. He is truly a poor choice for Parsippany and is not a true republican who suppost to support the Governors agenda!!
Jim February 09, 2013 at 07:45 PM
Dear patchitup1 You are crazy Whole Foods will not even bring in one hundred thousand dollars in revenue. Commercial properties bring in a lot less than residential properties. I wish people from both sides would only use true facts not made up crap and use your real name these fake names are pathetic and cowardly
John Browning February 09, 2013 at 08:58 PM
Barberio is also totally on board with Mayor Bloomberg with MAIG. He is no friend of ours.

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