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Milin Shah Formally Announces Council Bid

The Republican, once a Democrat, said he'll run with Councilman Vincent Ferrara on the mayor's ticket.

Former Parsippany Planning Board member Milin Shah on Friday announced his candidacy for the Township Council.

He said he will run alongside Mayor James Barberio and Councilman Vincent Ferrara, who are seeking re-election. The official announcement of the ticket is expected to come Feb. 21 at 6:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Parsippany Hotel.

Shah, 25 (he'll be 26 in a month), reflected on the time that has passed since his unsuccessful bid for council six years ago.

"I’ve grown and matured quite a bit since my last campaign in 2007," he said via a statement that recounted his background as a law student at Seton Hall University, as an intellectual property specialist for a New York City firm and as a township volunteer and Parsippany Hills High School basketball coach.

"Parsippany is more than just the place I call home," Shah explained. "This is where I grew up, where I’ve met my oldest and dearest friends and where I gained the skills, confidence, tools and resources needed to become a successful young professional.

"Many of my high school friends have asked me, 'Milin, come move in with me in New York or Hoboken,'  'Milin, let’s move down to D.C. or let’s head out to California.' My response has always been the same: Parsippany is the reason I am as successful as I am today, and I’m not going anywhere until I give back to the town that has done so much for me."

Shah said his campaign is about "bringing a fresh perspective to the Township Council."

"I want to be a voice for all the Parsippany residents," he stated. "As an outsider, I have the opportunity to challenge the status quo. I can stand up and say, 'The way it’s always been done is not good enough anymore.'”

He said that if he is elected, his immediate priorities will be to increase revenues for the township, cut unnecessary costs and expenses, be accessible and available to listen to feedback from as many members of our community as possible, generate small business growth in the township and "always put Parsippany and its residents first."

Sabot February 15, 2013 at 09:20 PM
The mayor makes about $105k Mr. Clay.
Sabot February 15, 2013 at 09:26 PM
"Offended?" Mr. Leon, shouldn't Republicans applaud Barberio for perhaps having a role in Shah's party switch? Isn't that how you build the party, especially in a community with a large Asian-Indian population? Many people switch from Dem to GOP as they grow older and begin to pay taxes. You make it sound so conspiratorial.
alexa Medugorie February 15, 2013 at 10:48 PM
Mrs. Sabot, Are you telling us that all the Asian-Indian population in Parsippany are Democrats and don't pay taxes? I find what you stated insulting and absurd! You are obviously a Barberio supporter and a Fraud!! And the Mayor is manipulating the community against one another!!
PatchLover February 15, 2013 at 11:07 PM
Natalie, Would you please find answers to my other questions too?
Dhevin February 16, 2013 at 12:44 AM
lets talk facts .. Jigar was never investigated by the prosecutors office. Jigar was asked to testify in the Lyons v. Nordstrom trail. More facts .. Milin was an active democrat in 2007 and 2008 and then Milin actively supported the Mayor in 2009 and The republican party since. Btw - Ronald Reagan was once a Democrat. So before slandering Milin and making false accusations how about you sit down and talk to him - he is an impressive young man, one who i look up too very much
Sabot February 16, 2013 at 01:06 AM
I never said they're all democrats, I only said that, generally speaking, people tend to become more conservative as they earn more income and pay taxes. And I don't appreciate being called names, even by someone I don't know on a board. Why don't you conduct yourself like a grown up rather than a child.
Selene February 16, 2013 at 04:44 AM
Sabot, I don't know where you were educated, but in today's political reality Republican's are typically ignorant, socially retarded and all hoping to win the lottery so they can pay as little taxes as possible and contribute nothing to society. Republicans also tend to hate minorities, gays, women (look at what's going on in the House for a simple bill to protect women from violence and rape----they won't vote for the funding of VAWA) I could go on forever about the evil of the Republican party, but let's sum it up as "they are destructive to Democracy and the social health of this country". Republicans would rather provide welfare to the greedy corporate giants and Wall Street crooks than help a single mother feed her children. In today's political reality any Republican should be ashamed, if they had a moral conscience.
James Goode February 16, 2013 at 04:48 AM
Dhevin, arent you related to the Shah family. Jigar Shah was part of that scm no denying his testimony showed it. Bringin g Milin Shah onto his ticket is a last ditched hope by the Mr. Barberio to get the Indian and Democratic vote. The Republicans of Parsippany are not dumb. On top of that he picks that guy who act s like a thug Ferrara as his other running mate. Mr. Barberio enjoy your last 10 months in office of wasting the taxpayers money.
Harland February 16, 2013 at 12:15 PM
Selene, You are amazingly ignorant.
Jam February 16, 2013 at 01:06 PM
Sadly, your insulting, hostile, inaccurate and unfair generalizations are exactly what is wrong in this country in general and with the state of public discourse in particular these days.
David Comora February 16, 2013 at 01:19 PM
Wow, it is amazing that Milin is being attacked because he has chosen to switch parties as Sabot points out. You would think Republicans would welcome any one who would decided to join their party. Do they they think that you can only be born a Republican? Milin, you're always welcome back to the Democratic party as we are a party of inclusion. Any other disillusioned Republicans are welcome as well...we could use more fiscal conservatives!
diane holder February 16, 2013 at 02:31 PM
I am very displeased with Mayor Barberio's leadership and the public has gotten very educated over the past three years on the poor decisions he has made at the cost of the taxpayers. Some of the Mayors poor choices are the following: A 500,000 payout to our Chief of Police Over a million dollars a year in attorney fees 250,000 for a personal lawsuit Increased tax rates Vacant bussiness space Nepotisim jobs for friends and family members 100,000 in attorney fees for the Field of Dreams Our Police Department being understaffed by 40 officers The Mayor handled the storm crisis in our town so poorly Making police promotions when our police department is so understaffed Now your placing a young man on your ticket that has no experience to deal with these issues. I was even told he lives at home and dosen't even pay taxes. I also discovered that Milin Shah's uncle Jigger Shah was under investigation/questioned for absentee ballot fraud by the Morris County Prosecutors Office. Mayor is this the kind of officals we want running our government? Mayor you have made very poor choices for our town and you continue to make desperate attempts to save yourself from losing your election. Mayor with all due respect, If you have time on your schedule please explain to the public why you have made these decisions?
Dhevin February 16, 2013 at 03:03 PM
Dear diana holder/debbie blair/frank stross/james goode/alexa aka lou valori/jim vigilante/carifis its sad you continue to register fake alias's and hide behind them instead of having the guts to put your real name to your comments. Milins family has lived and paid taxes in Parsippany for 20 years. Milin at the age of 25 has more corporate experience working in the private sector than Valori and Carifi combined who have in 25 years have retired and live off the taxpayers. Lou, i mean debbie/diana/frank, what was the cost of your masters degree in education that parsippany taxpayers paid for? Carifi/Valori how many homes did you flip at discounted prices from indicted real estate developer Mosberg? Enough with your slander, lies, and fake aliases.
conservativeGOPMax February 16, 2013 at 03:13 PM
So the same person exposed for writing under "debbie blair" and "Frank Stross" now thinks we don't know that they're writing under "diane holder". u r so dumb, "debbie/Frank/diane," that you betray the same tell-tale mistakes no matter what name you write under. Do you have a gender identity issue? There are treatments for that, you know.
James Goode February 16, 2013 at 03:34 PM
Dhevin, are you attacking individuals not to mention paid taxes in this town for many many years. Has Milin Shah even paid 1 dime in taxes to this town. No so how would he even have a clue, just like are clueless Mayor Barberio
James Goode February 16, 2013 at 03:37 PM
Would your last name happen to be Shah Dhevin? Maybe Milin Shah should start paying taxes in this town before he tries to decide how our money is spent.
Sabot February 16, 2013 at 03:54 PM
Selene, your ignorance is beyond breathtaking. Let me sum of the differences succinctly: The Left shares the same DNA with the fascists, communists and other statists who made the 20th Century a living hell on earth that took 100 million lives. The Right, or Limited Conservatism, is the philosophy of liberty, free enterprise and the American founding. Sadly for my children, the hateful Left, epitomized by your disgusting words, is winning the battle for the soul of this once great nation.
Sabot February 16, 2013 at 04:01 PM
P.S. Selene, Obama handily won all the low income (and low information) voters you claim are Republican, less than $50k income. He also got more money from Wall Street in 2008 and 2012 than the GOP. The Democrats are the party of the dirt poor and their virtuous caretakers, the filthy rich. Also, if you can read, check out a book published by Syracuse U i n 2006 called "Who Really Cares." It shows that on average conservatives give 30% more of their disposable income to charity than to self-described liberals, who think merely voting Democrat is an act of charity for the poor they supposedly represent.
Sabot February 16, 2013 at 04:08 PM
Selene's "thinking" and tone, while exercising her 1st Amendment right, should remind us of the need to maintain our 2nd Amendment rights.
diane holder February 16, 2013 at 04:13 PM
Hi Dhevin, Your obviously are a young man that is very confused and is going thru an idenity crisis like your good friend Milin Shah. I am not attacking Milin Shah but the fact of the matter is that he ran as a Democrat against Jammie Barberio, Councilmen Deperio and Councilmen John Fox. His campaign bashed all three canidates. on his Democrat website. He stated that he wanted to bring back respect and trust to Parsippany. He also was the campaign manager that worked against our Republican Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen who staed that the congressman has done a horrible job for Veterans. Milin Shah said this no one else. Milin and his uncle Jigger Shah openly supported President Obama on his election. So for you to make to make comparison earlier that Ronald Regan an Milin Shah are similar? You and Milin Shah are completely dilussional and have an idenity problem. Your boy Milin Shah and Jigger Shah are just political opportunits that want to minipulate the votes inorder to help the Mayor. And concerning making fun of two retired police officer you should be ashamed of yourself because you couldn't make it as a police officer and would probably wet your pants the moment when things got bad. So please stop acting like a jealous little boy with your friends Milin Shah and Mayor Barberio because your embarrassing yourself. Please don't take it personal but the town is screaming for new leadersship Mayor Barberio has failed the town. And please stick to the issues!
Frank Stross February 16, 2013 at 04:33 PM
Mr. Conservative, You and your little boy Milin Shah and his groupies are watching to much CSI. Maybe you guys should join the Police Department and do something good with all your excess energy and serve the public? However, I don't think you would ever meet the standards! And Mr. conservative next time you help the Mayor write some leniency letters for a convicted drug dealer please check with the Morris County Prosecutors Office!!
Scott Dean February 16, 2013 at 05:15 PM
Just checking ,where is the money coming from for the new cricket fields? Is it Open Space Money or Sewer Surplace??
Robert Jamieson February 16, 2013 at 08:01 PM
A simple typo would me addressing you as 'Aan' instead of Alan. Switching someone's last name is, at best, a sign of careless ineptitude and, at worse, racist. It's not that hard to read an article and address the subject by their actual name.
Ed Leon February 17, 2013 at 01:45 AM
No Sabot, stop with the Kumbya crap. This Barberio appointment amounts to nothing more than a desperate man resorting to desperate measures. Barberio would not be giving Shah the right time of day, let alone converting him to Republican, if the mayor had no primary appointment. This is a sole tactical move to target a specific demographic regardless of the council candidate's political position, simple as that. Barberio is just thinking of the best way to maintain a job for which he is not competent and does not deserve to hold any longer. He will sell his soul to do it. He could care less of his running mates, the party, the residents or the township. Barberio is as disingenuous as they come. Hopefully this party will see through it, reject Barberio's underhanded moves (with more to come, I am sure) and send him home to find gainful employment in another industry.
M Jarrett February 17, 2013 at 02:08 AM
David Comora- Review these posts again slowly and carefully (many apologies that the Patch fails to provide the bouncing red ball over the words for your assistance). If and when you are able to catch on, you will see it is not Shah being attacked as it is the conniving man pulling Shah's strings, a/k/a Barberio. Barberio is using Shah and trying to get the party to drink the Kool-Aid.
Carol M. February 17, 2013 at 01:08 PM
I think it's great to see young people involved in their community and willing to step up. I also have no problem with the time and different paths it takes during the maturing years for someone to decide about things like politics; life experience and goals play a role here and it's reasonable to see those views evolve over time. I do take serious issue with the middle age politicians in town that flip flop between or away from parties for their own vote count purposes like we've seen from specific TC and BOE candidates but a 20 something coming to terms with his political views is nothing new or sinister and its beyond bizarre to even think that someone would spend their own time, over years, converting one person for some grand scheme. And I realize that everyone comes with their own perspective when accessing supposed motives etc but, if I recall correctly, didn't the Mayor support the appointment of Mr Shah to fill the vacant seat this past summer? How does that play into the ticket maneuvering demographics theory? What I see the Mayor doing here is supporting a young man who has spent his young life working hard on the path to political service and who has pledged to work hard for our benefit. Those are all good things from my perspective and I wish Mr Shah well.
Vic February 18, 2013 at 12:32 AM
Yeah Carol M, I too wish Mr. Shah well in a world where an inept, incapable and desparate mayor doesn't resort to using him solely for the Mayor's own political gain and nothing else. Much like has been said before in this chain, if Mayor Barberio was running in an uncontested primary contest, Mr. Shah's phone would NOT be ringing with Mr. Barberio's voice on the other end -- So Mayor call me, Maybe.... NOT (....ah, unless I got a primary opponent), tee hee hee!!!
VietNam Vet February 18, 2013 at 08:09 AM
Maybe he didn't get voted in 6 years ago for a good reason.
VietNam Vet May 08, 2013 at 07:38 AM
Shah will run on any ticket that will get him elected for the Indian community in town. He came to my house and tried to give a some line about the Mayor helping the people by giving some money back to the people to lower our taxes, until I shut him down, when I said the Mayor is only giving us some of our own money back in an election year to make himself look good. This is our own money that has been held by the Mayor and township for years, to the tune of over 7 million dollars of our hard earned money, give me a break this guy is just as bad as the mayor, another to back the mayor's corrupt agenda. We don't need this kind in the town and more corruption.
VietNam Vet May 08, 2013 at 06:04 PM
I got a mailing in today and I looked it over with each candidates credentials and I looked at Shahs and it says he is, " The Director of Licensing at a leading direct-to-retail and brand licensing company. Now I don't claim to be a genius, but what the hell kind of double talk is that? Is this a fancy way of saying that he doesn't do anything at all, he runs off of Jiggar's coat strings or a director of ???? You figure that one out!!!

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