'Time for Change is Now,' Challenger for Mayor Says

Paul Carifi Jr., a councilman since 2011, will take on James Barberio in June GOP primary.

Get ready for an intra-party battle: Republican Town Council member Paul Carifi Jr. announced Thursday that he is launching a new political fight.

"I am announcing my candidacy as mayor of Parsippany-Troy Hills," he said before a standing room only crowd of supporters.

The announcement came at Carifi's campaign launch rally at newly opened deli Rick's Bistro on Route 10 Monday evening.

The councilman said he chose Rick's, which opened its doors officially last week, because he wanted to support "a business that chose Parsippany."

Bringing businesses to the township, he said, is one of the tentpoles of his campaign. The councilman, who recently retired from the Morris County Sheriff's office, told Patch he is running for mayor because he sees it as the only way to make that happen.

"In my time on the council, I've seen opportunities go by," he said. "I've seen businesses leave. And I've seen that as a councilman, you can talk about things, but it is the mayor that has the power to get things done."

He told the crowd that he also wants to focus on being a mayor who will do what he promises.

Referring to Mayor James Barberio, whom he will face in the June primary, Carifi said that from the council dais he saw "a lot of promises that have not been fulfilled," though he did not specify those promises.

"There have been a lot of lost opportunities for taxpayers," he said. "I worked for positive change and pushed the mayor and the council toward positive change."

Carifi said that as a councilman he pushed to have the sewer surplus returned to taxpayers.

"Just recently the mayor agreed to do that," he noted. "I think that [the sewer rate] can be lowered even more. I will be looking to do that in the future."

He also said he would continue to work on preventing residential stacking and noted that he was instrumental in making sure that Barberio's attempt to amend the town's maximum occupancy ordinance failed.

"I thought [Barberio's idea to offer waivers] would make stacking easier," Carifi said. "I told my reasons and the council went along with it. We're now working on the occupancy ordinance." 

He also said that he made suggestions to reduce the mayor's 2012 municipal budget that were passed by the council and put into effect.

"As the campaign goes on, I will continue to push my agenda to work for solutions rather than pointing fingers and blaming others," he said.

"The time for change is now."

Carifi told Patch he wants to run a positive campaign.

"I'm not going to make this ugly," he said. "I have a sense of how the attacks will go. If the mayor says something against me, I will answer him, but I'm not going after him. I am running because of what I believe and what's going on in the township."

Former Councilman and U.S. Air Force reservist James Vigilante said he is throwing his support firmly behind Carifi.

"I am loyal to those who are loyal to me," Vigilante explained, noting that he drove to Parsippany in full uniform from Maguire Air Force Base, where the reservist serves. "Paul and his brother and their families have always been supportive of me. They recently supported me in [a bid for] the Township Council vacancy.

"I truly believe Paul has the leadership qualities to take this town in a forward direction. I believe the current [mayor] has not fulfilled his potential. Because of weak economic times, we need someone who can carry Parsippany into the future."

Mayoral candidates need 50 petition signatures to be eligible to file, and Carifi took opportunity of the event to solicit people to fill out the form to allow him to make the run for office.

Carifi's council term is up at start of 2016, he said. Should he win, the Republican Municipal Committee would appoint Carifi's successor.

There had been speculation that Carifi might run for Morris County Sheriff Edward Rochford's job, but those whispers turned out to be unfounded.

Among the attendees were current school board members James Carifi (the candidate's brother) and Anthony DeIntinis, former Board of Education member and retired police officer Dr. Louis Valori, former Councilman Bill Clark, Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce President Robert J. Peluso and PACC board members Ildiko Peluso and Frank Cahill.

Drew Warner, a local business owner, said he is a big Carifi supporter.

"I like what he stands for," Warner said, adding that he has known the candidate for abot 15 years. "I think he will make a great mayor. He's dedicated, he's honest and I think now that he's retired, he's going to have the time and energy which is required to give the people what they want."

JAMES P. BOCK January 15, 2013 at 08:15 PM
Steven Colpar January 15, 2013 at 08:45 PM
…And I “love” how you put quotes around your name to imply that you’re not really anyone with a name similar to Angie, or Angela. (Your secrets safe with me Margaret – oops!)
Steven Colpar January 15, 2013 at 08:46 PM
Angelina January 15, 2013 at 09:05 PM
angelina. "ange" for short
Angelina January 15, 2013 at 09:07 PM
ps-- chill out dude. Your trolls comment was funny. Remind me not to take your side on much..you dont seem to appreciate a compliment!
clyde donovan January 15, 2013 at 09:35 PM
Frank Priore was prosecuted and convicted by the federal government on corruption charges. He ripped off the people of Parsippany. Parsippany is better off without Priore.
Scott Dean January 15, 2013 at 10:11 PM
I think it is pretty bold of people to suggest that because two brothers are looking for change in this town that the word corruption is even broughtup. If you look at all of the poor decisions in recent past and friends helping friends motto that seemingly goes on. Im gonna take the higher road and say especially with their backround in law enforcement we will have a clean and unsullied slate going forward.
Mike January 15, 2013 at 11:02 PM
No one will be like Frank...and second...go to where the Carifi's work and see how many of them like them....not many my friend
Steven Colpar January 16, 2013 at 01:55 AM
Excuse me Ms. Angelina (Sure you don't mind "Margaret"? You remind me of a "Margaret"). I take my trolling very seriously.... very, very seriously.
K-S January 16, 2013 at 02:07 AM
Oh really Mike? Why don't you ask the hundreds of police officers Paul Carifi trained at the academy. Everyone I speak with has a great deal of respect for his work ethic and he is very well liked by his coworkers.
Linda January 16, 2013 at 04:18 AM
I will vote for anyone who will run against Mayor Barberio. I have been waiting for 6 months for either the mayor or chief of police to respond to my polite requests for a return phone call. Who wants a public official who refuses to speak to his constituents? Time for a wake up call. These guys need to respond - even when the issue is a tough one.
Selene January 16, 2013 at 05:21 AM
Poor thing, sense would dictate a change is necessary and that does not mean another republican. A Progressive or Democrat might be a bit refreshing. If you want integrity in government you have to keep it static. Barberio had his shot, new blood is always the answer. Wish we could enforce the philosophy in government of TERM LIMITS.
Selene January 16, 2013 at 05:28 AM
The really scary reality is having a HS only educated, good ole boy as mayor of one of the largest cities in New Jersey.
Sabot January 16, 2013 at 02:10 PM
"With their background in law enforcement we will have a clean and unsullied slate?" That's an extremely idealistic and naive view of the world Mr. Dean, a world I wished we lived in.
friend of parsppany January 16, 2013 at 02:43 PM
Too much power for one family. Where are the qualified people in Parsippany? This is troubling that these egomaniacs with inferiority complex's are seeking more power. Beware...
John David January 16, 2013 at 03:05 PM
Carifi is a joke, wake up people ... it's about power, greed and money. A name for himself and his family, nothing more. Sad that a town like ours has those in power thinking or wanting to be bigger and more important then they really are. This town has a lot of "little people" that deserve better. Not More Corruption.
Brian January 16, 2013 at 05:21 PM
Rumor has it the current police chief is looking to leave and go with his friend the new county prosecutor ( Fred Knapp ) His position would be chief of detectives with what ever huge perks that job would come with. Another tidbit of information. The almighty Captain Jmes Carifi has another Law Suit out against the town ( go figure ) He is looking to sue or bully his way to the chief seat. The current mayor was used by James to get promoted to Captain but a falling out happened and know you can bet both James and Paul are plotting against him. Way to go Mr. Mayor. You along with the last chief and the current polcie chief let the Captain get away with crap at the backs of the town people. James thinks he is the almighty by the way he hangs with his money, I mean friend Colangillo.( also a big Barbario supporter until now ) why do you think that is. One Carifi is backed by civil service and as long as people ( mayor - chief ) are afraid of him he will continue to bully. On the other hand, the town people can stop the madness by not electing brother Paul in November. One Carifi bullying the town is bad enough but having two would be dire.
Kevin M January 16, 2013 at 06:03 PM
Linda, you are correct! The lack of return phone calls to residents and taxpayers transcend throughout the Mayor's administration. The head of garbage and recycling and parks and forestry are constant violators as well. You have to show up at offices or corner them in public. And that is AFTER you call the Mayor's hotline. And the township is looking like crap. Vail Road looks like an ugly display of asphalt patchwork along with other well-travelled roadways. But the less-travelled, side roads seem to be getting paved. Garbage and construction waste are allowed to sit for months on the front lawn of vacant houses. Dead trees and fallen trees on township property/easements lay there for years and years for all to marvel in disgust. Street signs lay on the ground, bent or are installed poorly. The collapsed WB Route 46 billboard sign has been there for years and has shrubs growing around it. Let's not forget that scenic, prison-like Route 46 fence that attract so much litter and do nothing to stop people from crossing the highway. And I would be remiss to not mention the lack of police officers on the street to enforce laws because they are at town hall getting promoted. These middle-of-the-road and "radar in use" signs are woefully taking their place. And that is just to start on the quality-of-life challenges in this township. There is no pride in Parsippany among the those who work for this township and Mayor holds no one accountable. Anyone but this Mayor!
Grace Kelly January 16, 2013 at 07:43 PM
It's obvious that the few people on here that continue go under fake names are obvious cronies for the mayor. You people are ridiculous. Get with it people Barberio has done nothing except taken care of our town attorney. It was also obvious that the mayors choice was not elected to fill the vacant council seat in November. Barberios people really need to do better than keep saying this is about Councilman Carifi's brother not getting promoted, that's ridiculous. O and one more thing wasn't Barberio the one that asked for leneancy for a convicted drug dealer. Do we really want that guy representing us. With that said Carifi has my vote and I'm sure many others.
patchitup1 January 16, 2013 at 09:28 PM
Nice try Grace Kelly, you married to George Burns? Lol Look there are 9 of you "if I counted Paul's votes for mayor right" who are slamming the mayor everyday! Now The table has turned. There are Many people who like the mayor and support him. We don't like cops knowing our names because they have too much power here in parsippany! His brother will do anything to keep power so the few who do not like them don't need to be bullied or ticketed .....
Parsippany Republican January 16, 2013 at 10:51 PM
I think township employees (supervisors) should be more outgoing with concerned citizens on issues that arise. If you are in charge of a department, you should take comments or concerns from tax payers and fix the problem in a reasonable ammount of time. Mayor Barberio has been there for many people I know on a variety of different issues and that has nothing to do with me liking they way he runs this town. Regardless of what happened in the last four years within the township every town has bad issues and very good issues. I feel that under normal circumstances most issues around town would be corrected right away but due to tragic storms-events the last four years its almost impossible for every fallen tree to be removed, every single road to be paved, and every fallen street sign fixed. I see many township employees that work hard everyday they go to work and unfotenatly enough most people don't appreciate that. I do and I can tell you without all of our emergency volunteers, cops-emt's, government offices, township employees, and facilities our township wouldn't of been voted #1 In NJ in 2012. Just something to think about before pointing the finger at different township offices and especially the mayor.....
Roman Hoshowsky January 17, 2013 at 12:20 AM
First of all I don't care if James Barberio has a college degree or not. There are plenty of people with degrees that are idiots. If you lack integrity, you can be a Harvard graduate, I'm not voting for you. Second, Paul Carifi does not own a Bentley; nor did he cut in line at a gas station. It's up to the republicans to pick a candidate for November. Rhetoric is counterproductive. Get the facts straight, stick to the issues, and hold your public officials accountable. A well informed, vigilant public is a scoundrel's worst enemy.
Tom Dick and Harry January 17, 2013 at 12:49 AM
I would like to think I am speaking for all the individuals out there that know nothing about the Carifi Brothers and Scott Dean I will refer this to your comment; how could we possible think of corruption just cause two brothers want to be in power positions....maybe you should google corrupted brothers in NJ and you will see the first thing that comes up is The good ole Mayor of Trenton and his brother who were arrested for corruption back in Sept. OH and even better, read this story about the Zisa family that tried to take over the Town of Hackensack STARTING WITH THE POLICE CHIEF http://www.google.com/#sclient=tablet-gws&hl=en&tbo=d&site=&source=hp&q=zisa+brothers&oq=zisa+brothers&gs_l=tablet-gws.3...2117.11237.0.12422.,or.r_gc.r_pw.&bvm=bv.41018144,d.dmg&fp=c75db0656293163a&biw=1024&bih=660 1 of 2
Tom Dick and Harry January 17, 2013 at 12:49 AM
2 of 2 some of us expand our horizons beyond the Town of Parsippany to see and learned about the world. Yeah the Carifis might be known for being cops and wanting to do good on the public side but why not speak and learn from the people who have had to deal with them in life situations!!!!! Ask yourself, why is Paul running for Mayor after he just had an interest in the Sheriffs department....why not speak to some folks there to see how he handles situations...and then suddenly he is a perfect candidate for Parsippany Council, imagine that a Sheriff one day, Council the next and hey why not while I am at it might as well go for Mayor!!!!! What did he actual prove while being on the council, did he not agree with the Mayor on many issues, besides ONE?!?!? did he bring up other solutions to maybe give the Mayor and council an alternate route? Has he ever been in a position of power during a natural disater????? Look at the issues Gov. Christie had to deal with on a National basis, for gods sake he was on the phone with the president daily and even had him down the shore BUT STILL had to wait for power companies to get their act together!!!! I just ask the residents of Parsippany to ask around, talk to the people that the Carifi brothers don't have under their spell...that is the problem, many are afraid to go against them that is why they feel they can take over the town! BE SMART PARSIPPANY AND DO YOUR HOMEWORK!!!!
Scott Dean January 17, 2013 at 01:07 AM
T D and H, I respect that people have different opinions,but people need not fear what may not even become a reality.The fear I have is a quiet town unable to have their problems addressed by the good ol boys presently in power, to deny that this goes on right now is crazy... take a look at Huey Dewey and Louie...
Nicholas Robert Homyak February 26, 2013 at 08:43 PM
How about the business of "good government" stopping dumb development, protecting our aquifers; clean communities; responsible Municipal supervision and advocating for " extended producer responsibility" in the corporate world to create jobs to help clean our landscapes from plastic pollution caused by convenience products. Instead of prison labor have an actual arm of corporate employment helping the community to become clean and caring again. Better, not richer, needs not wants..
VietNam Vet March 18, 2013 at 06:13 AM
Mike I have to agree with you, I just want to see my taxes go down, with all the industry and the apartment complexes in this town, we should be paying much less. There is no reason that the industry can't pay a little more and the apartments are getting such a tax break in this town, and they should be paying much more. I told this mayor when he came to my house, raise the ratables and they could be paying more and lower things for the homeowners, but he has no intentions of doing either. Maybe I should run myself and I can promise the taxes would be lower.
VietNam Vet March 18, 2013 at 06:17 AM
Kitty, he has proved to the townspeople that he doesn't care about them and rips them off with our sewer bills and on the taxes. He is just as bad as Odummer the mental pigme moron who like to keep spending our hard earned money just like the Mayor. Someday maybe you will wake up and see for yourself how you got screwed by both.
VietNam Vet March 18, 2013 at 06:19 AM
I don't like either one but I won't vote for a demoncrap.
Nicholas Robert Homyak March 18, 2013 at 03:32 PM
The only change required now is the natural one spring: Ah! but the other change ; is the attitude change, toward our last remaining "undeveloped landscapes" Waterview, no rezone; better supervision in the Municipal Workforce; our streets and open spaces are littered almost beyond our available efforts to clean them and keep them clean. Paying taxes is part of civil life; not seeing that they are used correctly, is as bad as not chipping in yourself. Its as simple as cleaning the street in front of your property to prevent stormwater runoff.


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