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. 

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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