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It's Official: Barberio Launches Re-Election Campaign

The mayor will run for another four years on a ticket including council incumbent Vincent Ferrara and newcomer Milin Shah.

Mayor James Barberio kicked off his re-election effort at a kickoff and fundraising event at the Sheraton Hotel Thursday evening.

A large crowd of well-wishers and dignitaries were on hand to lend their support as Barberio announced a campaign ticket including Council Vice President Vincent Ferrara, who is running for re-election, and challenger Milin Shah.

"Our campaign theme is all about moving Parsippany forward," said Barberio.

The slate will face the opposing team of in the June 4 Republican Party primary election.

"I've been mayor for the past four years, and I believe I have been very successful as the mayor," Barberio said. "I've brought debt service down by $1.9 million, I've reduced legal fees by $220,000, insurance fees by $314,000. I'm continually decreasing our expenses in town while maintaining services in the township of Parsippany-Troy Hills."

"I'm humbled and excited to be standing here as a council candidate on the mayor's re-election ticket and alongside Councilman Ferrara," said Shah, who spoke of his move from the Democratic to the Republican party, where he said his values align, and how he has been a Barberio supporter since 2009.

"To be honest, I wasn't expecting the mayor to ask me to run with him, but he sat me down and said, 'Milin, Parsippany’s council needs a fresh perspective, Parsippany needs new energy and Parsippany needs another leader who will always put Parsippany first,'" he said. "I was sold."

The ticket hopes Parsippany residents will be sold as well. The platform covers keeping taxes low while maintaining essential services and growing economic development in the township, as noted by Ferrara.

"My running mates and I promise you that we will work tirelessly to ensure that Parsippany-Troy Hills remains a great place to live, work and play," he said. "When re-elected, I will continue to work with the mayor to find new and innovative ways to do more with less. We will re-examine possible shared service arrangements with other towns. We will keep taxes low, but maintain the reasonable and necessary services all citizens expect from local government.

"We also want to facilitate preservation and improvement of what I term the 'Parsippany Way of Life'… to ensure that our children, as well as our senior citizens, will be able to afford to continue to live here."

Which, as the mayor said, is what is at the heart of his re-election effort.

"My commitment to the community is far and beyond [politics and numbers]—I love Parsippany," he said. "Parsippany is in my blood. I know I can keep it moving forward.

"Parsippany is on the right track. How do I know that? Because we're the number one place to live in New Jersey."

Barberio has netted the endorsements of 26th District state Sen. Joseph Pennacchio, Asw. BettyLou DeCroce and Asm. Jay Webber.

Dignitaries in attendance at the campaign kickoff included Sen. Pennacchio, U.S. Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, Freeholder Ann Grossi, Councilman Michael J. dePierro, Police Chief Anthony DeZenzo, Deputy Chief Paul Philipps, Indian-American Liaison Jigar Shah, former Board of Education member Frank Neglia, former Mayor Joseph Weisberg, Zoning Board of Adjustment member Amil Shah and Planning Board members Steve Cappadonna, Steve Dinsmore, Brian Kelley and George Kimmey. 

debbie blair February 23, 2013 at 04:36 AM
The Mayor has failed the town and needs to resign. Here are the following reasons that he must resign: 1.The Chiefs payout of over $500,000 of the taxpayers money that the Mayor negotiated. 2.Attorney fees of over $1,000,000 a year that continues to spiral out of control. 3.$250.000 payout for a clerk that sued and worked only four months. All because of the Mayors horrible leadership. 4.Vacant commercial office space thats costing the town millions in rateables. 5.There is approximately 30 police officer short on the police department but the 6.The Mayor continues to make promotions at the expense of the taxpayers 7.Nepotisim jobs for family members and friends 8.Taxes continue to increase 9.Crime has increased in the town 10. The Mayor handled the flood and snowstorm so poorly 11. Appoints Jigger Shah as his Indian liason officer who is the same Jigger Shah that was investigated/questioned for absentee ballot fraud.
Lu Lu February 23, 2013 at 04:37 AM
The attorney is probably the only one holding the town together, whatever he is paid $1,000,000 $2,000,000 it's probably not worth the stress. As for Mr. Stanton he use to live in my neighborhood but I don't see him anymore, the house looks abandon is he still on the council or did he move from town? I liked him he was always nice to me.
Vic February 23, 2013 at 04:45 AM
Oh stop it LuLu, Nelson is not the lone wolf. He is just a wolf that can't howl. You need to follow these township council meetings more carefully. There is another councilmember who is not drinking the Kool-Aid of the keystone cop council lead by the incompetent Barberio and his trusty teleprompter, a/k/a the township attorney. See the Mayor has a deficiency in thinking, speaking and leading independently so he needs his teleprompter. Look at the council meeting footage, it is hilariously disturbing. At least Carifi has the guts to vote consistent to his spoken position whether the keystone cop, township attorney rubberstamp council -- Barberio, Ferrara, Stanton and dePierro -- like it or not. Nelson needs to lead with action and not just rhetoric. He has been given the chance by being voted on the council. Now he need to walk the walk and lead instead of explaining himself around his inaction.
Selene February 23, 2013 at 04:47 AM
Awesome, finally addressing the fact that one of the largest cities in Morris county has a HS grad (not even, GED?) mayor at it's helm........stupid voters, do they ever do their homework before voting these clowns in? And let's look at the ardent support of Governor Christie for Barberio's election into office....dahhhhhh. Educate yourselves citizens!!!!!
Selene February 23, 2013 at 04:52 AM
The cost of living has nothing to do with a bad economy and piss poor corrupt local poiticians........or does it? But yes Barbario has to go away.....
Selene February 23, 2013 at 04:56 AM
We need fresh blood and that ain't Shah, Barberio's lacky. Despite Nelson's in- experience with this horrendous, corrupt mayor and council we need to support him. WHO is running against Barberio, that person has my vote!!!!
Kevin M February 23, 2013 at 04:57 AM
Lu Lu, maybe you should look into why your once-neighbor Stanton's house looks abandoned and maybe you will be disturbed to know that he sits on a governmental body which oversees the township's fiscal business. And the township attorney is not holding it all together, he is just pulling the puppet strings of questionable municipal officeholders. He and his cohorts deserve all the stress they get because they are doing great damage to this great community and its residents/taxpayers.
Selene February 23, 2013 at 04:58 AM
IT'S OFFICIAL no one wants Barbaerio for another term!!! Sorry dude, the best paycheck you'll ever draw with your GED.
debbie blair February 23, 2013 at 05:01 AM
As per a quote from Franklin D Roosevelt: Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate ruler of our democracy are not a President and senators and congressmen and government officals, but the voters of the country. So Natalie please use your GOD given abilities and investigate these allegations about Mayor Barberio scamming a workmens compensation case and his litigation concerning embezelment. Their is also a young girls name that was mentioned about being verbally bullied from councilmen Ferera this appears to be cut and dry. And what also disturbs me did the Mayor promise out a jobs? If the allegations about the Mayor are true he needs to resign!! Or the voters of this town need to vote out the Mayor along with his cronies!! God Bless America!!
Lu Lu February 23, 2013 at 05:04 AM
Debbie The Mayor although it seems he has not had a great 3 and 1/2 years he could pull it all together by the November election. This is a fight he has to win if not what will he do? I think he only has a GED and his work history is not so great. He must win at all costs and will do what it takes to win. He will say that PTH is the number 1 town in the State and take credit for it he will say he re built Lower Lake Hiawatha and has developed a new plan the "new fields of Dreams" he has lowered taxes he has increased services tried to bring in new business (waterview) and no one will question him because they are to busy trying to feed their families and pay taxes. The only one that can stop him or questions him is Mr. Nelson.
Conservative 7 February 23, 2013 at 05:24 AM
It appears to me that there is a history of misconduct occurring within this administartion and that it will continue to get worse without consequences and a true cleansening of leadership.If you continue to investigate, its very apparent from the posts that I have been following is that John Ingelisino is like the Wizard of Oz directing the Mayor from his office or BMW on how to run the town at the expense of the taxpayers. I believe that we the taxpayers of Parsippany should also be taking a hard look at the history of John Ingelisino who was the former Mayor of Rockaway Township where he was voted out of town. He was also a Freeholder and was voted out. There were also many allegations of his conduct that the public needs to research. What I believe is that the Mayor and John Ingleisino are very bad for Parsippany. You both have to go and lets bring back imorals and values to our township!
Conservative 7 February 23, 2013 at 05:53 AM
Natalie, It appears to me that you have alot of serious allegations to investigate. Good luck in trying to get an honest answer from Mayor Barberio and his cronies.
Par4theCourse February 23, 2013 at 07:34 AM
Better yet, here's something for Natalie to investigate.....have your IT person run a report on source IP addresses from posts. Lets see how many of these aliases are from a common IP. You people are not fooling anyone, you are not as anonymous as you think.
Scott Dean February 23, 2013 at 01:21 PM
Michael, unfortunately when bad things happen even in kids organazations people just clam up. Im not sure if it is fear of going against status quo or fear that they are speaking against there neigbors and that is not accepted socially. Whichever the reasons it is shamefull for residents of Parsippany to not speak out against the same behavior we are trying to teach our own kids not to do! Bullying is Bullying it happens and should not be tolerated if in fact this story is true makes you wonder how impactful "For The Kids " means to our local leaders.
Frank Stross February 23, 2013 at 01:45 PM
Par4theCourse What are you trying to insinuate? Is it bothering you that much that the truth is being told? You act like a wannabe mobster! Are you trying to intimidate me? Trust me you are not fooling anyone! Your another attorney draining this country, so go chase an ambulance!! or better yet go get another appointed township position from your buddies!
Ed Leon February 23, 2013 at 03:28 PM
Par4theCourse, ha ha ha ha ha on you and your flailing ways. You struggle for credence in this post forum, synonymous of what this administration labors with to regain the lost respect, faith and credibility from the community who go to the polls in the next few months. But if there is ANY use to your red-eye, overnight post, it is this: It gives Natalie and the public a prelude of what the administration will lamely respond when (not if) Natalie has enough evidential documentation/accounts to go to press. Ah, Parsippany residents, picture Par4thecourse's scenario now: Natalie of the Parsippany Patch: "So mayor (and your cousin Vinny), how do you respond to all the solid/undisputed documentation and independent accounts supporting that you and your administration exercised bad faith in the incidents in question." The Cronies (doing business as Barberio/Ferrara): "Duh......duh..... duh, uhmmm..... arh..... awh Natalie I think your IT people should run an IP address report on the posts that reported all that CREDIBLE AND SUBSTANTIATED information that has our backs pinned up against the wall." Par4theCourse, get some sleep!!! Your 2:34 a.m. posting is indicative that your sleep deprevation prevents you from giving Natalie sound advice.
Sabot February 23, 2013 at 03:42 PM
Selene, why do keep insulting people by pointing out their education credentionals? We're talking about local government here, not rocket science, so why does it matter how someone got a HS diploma or even if they got a college one. Obama, even though he won't release his college records (becaue they'll show he applied as a Kenyan student, but that's another story) has advanced degrees and yet he governs like a Marxist train wreck. I bet you have have a degree Selene, but that certainly doesn't make you smart nor wise.
Sabot February 23, 2013 at 03:45 PM
Oh yea, Natalie will get right on it "Conservative 7." Because, you know, the commenters on the patch, not of whom will ever be invited to bring the potato salad to the Mensa picnic, are all certain there's something to investigate.
Sabot February 23, 2013 at 03:48 PM
"Solid/undisputed documentation and independent accounts supporting." From where? You mean from Patch commenters like you and the other buffoons on this board? Please.
Frank L February 23, 2013 at 04:33 PM
"Please" right back at you Publius Valerius Publicola, the figure with the bag over your head. You must think the public is as stupid and cowardice as this administration. But it is not and the public is seeing quite clearly today. This administration is as sloppy as it is dumb. Just a brief gander at just one of the town council meetings proves that. I am confident with Natalie's expertise and proficiency in investigative reporting, enough evidence will be secured quickly. It is a different time today than four years ago. As election nears, it is a time when residents are closely assessing how useless, unproductive, unaccountable, abusive and corrupt this administration has been these last four years. And the public is seeing what little good has been done and how much damage - in just four years - has been inflicted on this township. When you lose faith with the public and you are sloppy at your tactics, the dynamic of investigations change greatly. So, "Please" right back at you Pubus.... I mean Publius with the bag over your head.
Sick of the Bull February 24, 2013 at 03:51 PM
The Haters continue to hate. The accusors continue to accuse and the ignorant continue to be stupid. You folks just love to comment on heresay and false rumors. Most of you will never here the whole story on any of the issues yet you continue with your nonsensical rants. If any of you folks think the job is easy or you can do a better job, by all means throw your hat into the ring. The BS in a town this large must be overwhelming at times. Good luck with your re-election Jaime and Vinnie. You have my support.
Scott Dean February 24, 2013 at 04:18 PM
Dear SOB, Exactly everyone's point, there are new people throwing their hat's into the dwindling ring known as Parsheepany. I agree with you that there is so much BS in this town and if you have been following along as your handle seems to indicate,your support for these fellows being anonymous is just par for the course,I wish you luck as well Out with the "Good Ole Boys" and in with the new!
The All Seeing Eye February 24, 2013 at 09:08 PM
Do not forget Joe Weisberg the so called. Mayors advisor who changes sides with each election and his faithful lap dog Bob Iracane .If they jump ship and go to the next contender for Mayor we will know for sure the mayor and his gang of losers will be gone for good. The All Seeing Eye
Ed Leon March 12, 2013 at 05:33 PM
Part 1 Hey "TruthSeeker", or let's cut to the chase-- Hey Milin Shah, pay attention cause this is gonna hurt. Sounds like you got problems with the police department getting their education paid for by the taxpayers of Parsippany. But it is this asleep-behind-the-wheel mayor you should be lamenting. TruthSeeker, Milin, you should be incensed, irate, ashamed and appalled to know THIS MAYOR has done absolutely NOTHING to bring about reform to these contracts while in office. Currently, police officers' contracts cover education reimbursements for college degrees up to and including a doctorate. Please allow me to continue your list of some of the police officer/beneficiaries of this out-of-control contract perk with no help from this compromised mayor to put a stop to it. In fact, Barberio let it remain in his buddies DeZenzo’s contract while taxpayers Barberio claims to serve are having difficulty paying for their own childrens' colleges. Also of note, this mayor hasn't even attempted to reform contracts -- it remained in his buddy DeZenzo's contract. Here are other highlights: Town paid for Chief Peckerman to get his law degree. Town paid for Chief DeZenzo's graduate degree Town paid for Captain Jeffrey Storm's graduate degree
Mary Alice March 21, 2013 at 03:19 PM
Yay Team Barberio!
gina s. March 21, 2013 at 03:37 PM
Half of you people making comments on here have no clue how government works. Don't you realize the police and the DPW are unions? The Mayor has nothing to do with any of that and cannot just shake a magic wand to change contracts or take things away just because he wants to. Get a clue before you start spewing the hatred. I cannot even read anything on here anymore...once you get to the 5th or 6th comment, you realize none of them have anything to do with the article! Many of you are making yourselves look really bad on here. Just stop with the ridiculous comments and stick to the story. So many of you talk about anti-bullying, yet you are on here bullying each other! What kind of example are you setting?
VietNam Vet April 05, 2013 at 02:51 AM
The Mayor has done so much, but he still hasn't lowered the sewer and water bills to where they should be instead of over charging us every quarter. He is padding an account to use for whatever he wants anytime and he still has done anything to lower our property taxes either. It can be done, and I told him how one time when he came to my house, but he still doesn't want to help the taxpayers in this town. Take care of the seniors and the seniors will take care of you for amny years to come, but this town hasn't learned that. I came here 32 years ago from a town that had the lowest tax rates in the county and the Mayor was re-elected and in office for 20 years when I left the town to move here. This town doesn't care about their seniors. Like they said once before, If the seniors can't afford to live here then they should go someplace where they would be more comfortable. Many of the seniors here helped build this town to what it is and now you want to throw them out. What a poor town, has no respect for the taxpayers, without them you have no money to run this place. Wise up and take care of them!!!!
Kramit the Frog April 05, 2013 at 01:10 PM
For real, Mr. Brown? No tax increase and you're still complaining? I mean, I know Mike Strumolo is your buddy and neighbor, but give it a rest. Maybe you should go back to whatever town you left that had such great tax rates if that's the only thing you care about. We don't need seniors that bitch and whine about their taxes, ok? We need people that understand that a strong school system is the key to high property values and a safe community. If you don't want to pay for schools, then please do move somewhere like Florida or Alabama where they pay nothing in taxes and have crap schools. We don't care if you built Par High and the Hills with your bare hands in two feet of snow uphill both ways without even a sandwich and a glass of water to eat because it was the Depression and all you had was mud. We really don't. And we don't care that you were in Vietnam (though I doubt you were, because I'm pretty sure you're really Mike Strumolo and not Paul Brown), we don't care if you drove a bus, we don't care that you hate Democrats or Obama or any of the other crap you ramble on about on two month old posts. We really don't. All we care about is that our kids will get the best education, if you have no interest in that and only worry about your Social Security check, please go away. Far away. Because you're not part of this community, you're just a bitter angry whiny old man who contributes nothing and makes everyone miserable as he waits to die. Hurry up.
Kramit the Frog April 05, 2013 at 01:12 PM
What, exactly, have you built, anyway? Name me one thing you contributed to this community, Paul Brown. Show me one. Or have you spent your 32 years here bitching and complaining about tax increases and school spending? Just go away.
VietNam Vet May 08, 2013 at 07:26 AM
The Mayor says he is continually decreasing the towns expences, but what about the taxpayers? The taxpayers are picking up the balance of everything else. We are being screwed on our sewer and water bills and our taxes could be dealt with and lowered, but he still isn't doing or saying anything about that. It can be done Mayor, why don't you do it? Whats in it for you?

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