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Chamber President, Retired Cop to Run for Council

With two official and one unofficial candidate announcements this week, Parsippany voters will have a decision to make come June.

The race for the 2013 Township Council Republican primary election is underway.

On Saturday afternoon at Lake Hiawatha Park, Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce President Robert J. Peluso and retired Parsippany Police sergeant and Board of Education member Louis Valori announced their joint campaign for the town's lawmaking body.

Speaking before a group of friends and family members, Peluso said their campaign is about honoring the past while investing in the future.

"My running mate and I are standing here in the coldness of winter without a podium, without giveaways and fanfare ... as two responsible community leaders... officially declaring our candidacy for council," he stated. "Responsible leaders persevere and donʼt complain, they are open and transparent, responsible, and—yes—have a plan."

Peluso offered information on his background as a business person for 28 years, town leader, community volunteer and new father.

"Parsippany is special to me," he said, stating the Peluso-Valori campaign theme: “Making a Difference in Parsippany.”

"As a loyal, responsible Republican, I have a record of working tirelessly as a campaign manager and successfully put candidates into office, attended council meetings, led concerned neighborhood groups and supported conservative beliefs," Peluso said. "I am running for council because I care about our township and I care about the opportunities our families have to enjoy a good quality of life. If it's broken, we need to fix it. If it's good, we need to make it better while listening to our community."

He pointed to challenges he aims to tackle, including rising taxes, traffic, flood issues and creating thriving businesses.

"Itʼs time to take a long, hard look at how local government operates," he told the audience. "Itʼs time to treat our homeowners, our neighbors, our businesses as more than just an endless source of tax revenue. My fight is your fight for the community.

"I want your vote and promise you this: I wonʼt back down from the tough fights, I will not go along to get along and Iʼll fight to make sure that your tax dollars are spent wisely."

Valori, who just missed being appointed to fill the last council vacancy because of now-cleared issues surrounding his retirement from the police department, said he and Peluso are likeminded men who make a good team.

"We are both fiscally conservative taxpayers involved with our community; we both have children and good family values," he said. "With Rob’s strong background in the banking industry and economic development, we both believe in responsible leadership with a plan."

Valori pointed to issues surrounding "constant" tax increases, quality of life, community and economic development, flood control and ensuring each taxpayer has a voice in "our diverse" community.

"We are diversified leaders who will provide direction and a vision to meet the challenges in this new economy," he said.

 He added that their ticket is a positive thing for township Republicans and for the party.

"Rob and I are loyal Republicans committed to preserving conservative ideals and the Republican Party in Parsippany," he said. "We need Republican leadership that is experienced, educated and that will achieve results."

The men ended the event with a slogan: "Vote Peluso and Valori, responsible leadership with a plan."

So far, the ticket faces opposition from one challenger: On Thursday, speaking before Morris County Young Republicans in Morristown, Mayor James Barberio said unofficially that his re-election ticket will include former Planning Board member Milin Shah.

Shah confirmed the announcement to Patch, noting that he was "excited," but made no formal statement. An official announcement of the Barberio-Shah ticket is expected soon.

The primary election is scheduled for June 4. Filing deadline for prospective candidates is 4 p.m. on April 1.

Carol M. January 27, 2013 at 03:24 PM
Ms Jones, whether I support Mayor Barberio or not isn't relevant because I do not support Mr Carifi's bid for mayor and I'll let you know the very simple reason. There is a nepotism policy for the BOE that comes directly from the state that says that if someone has an immediate family member employed in the schools then that person can NOT serve on the BOE. There are only two options, either the current employee resigns or the candidate does not qualify, period. The policy allows for current employees and current members to be grandfathered but we all know that going forward, once any current BOE members are gone, that will be the end of it. There is no valid reason for that policy not to apply to our municipal government and since Mr Carifi's brother is employed in our police department I think he should not be our mayor unless his brother, or any other family members, are not employees. How will he negotiate the contracts? What about the lawsuit his brother has against the town because he wasn't promoted? These are the type of questions that prompted the state mandating the BOE nepotism policy and I expect the same good rules to govern our municipal government so no, I will never support Mr Carifi as mayor unless he has absolutely NO FAMILY members that he's in charge of that are paid with MY tax dollars!
Scott Dean January 27, 2013 at 03:50 PM
I thought Mr.Barberio's running mate was Inglesino Esq.
Par4theCourse January 27, 2013 at 04:38 PM
David C, I ask the same question only expanding to include BOE as well. What is the tally?
Natalie Davis (Editor) January 27, 2013 at 04:44 PM
Currently, Brian Stanton works for the sheriff's office, as did Paul Carifi before his recent retirement. On the BOE, there are Parsippany Police Capt. James Carifi, former Passaic officer Tony DeIntinis and former Montville Police Capt. Gary Martin.
Natalie Davis (Editor) January 27, 2013 at 05:34 PM
The seats up in this year's election are, I believe, Vincent Ferrara's and Jonathan Nelson's. The other three are up in January '15.
Frank Stross January 27, 2013 at 05:36 PM
Hi Natalie, I am all for supporting active police officers along with retired police officer in serving the public.
Natalie Davis (Editor) January 27, 2013 at 05:39 PM
Great news, congrats to the Vikings hoopsters.
Linda Jones January 27, 2013 at 08:29 PM
Carol M or should I say , Mr. Barberio (that's what you'll be known as in January 2014 or Liking Shah, or maybe the mayors other buddy Mr. Margotta, stop hiding behind these fake names. You can say what you want any educated person would know that Mr. Carifi would have to refuse himself on voting on a police contract, although I believe John Fox was able to vote on his son in laws years ago. That was according to Mr. Inglisino. Carol you really need to talk about the issues in this town. Mr. Carifi has always been one to listen to peoples concerns, not like Mr. Barberio who can't find the time to call people back, he forgot all the little people who elected him. That's why he won't be Mayor this time next year.
Frank Stross January 27, 2013 at 08:34 PM
For all you haters and puppets for Mayor Barberio!! The following are facts as to why the Taxpayers of Parsippany can no longer afford Jammie!! 1. We have an overwhelming amount of vacant business space in Parsippany that means a loss to the taxpayers. He has done nothing!! One example the REALOGY bldg vacant millions in taxable rates! 2. Over one MILLION Dollars a year in attorneys fees!! Just to take care of his pals to fund him for his campaigns. Follow his election reports and follow the money trail. 3. Lawsuits that are costing the township several hunderd dollars a year to the taxpayers. Just resently we the taxpayers had to pay a clerk that worked for 4 months $250,000 come on we have folks that loss their job and homes!! 4.Nepotisim jobs for our career politicans that are milking the pension system.Our friend Ann Grossi Freeholder handling Workmen Comp Cases on behalf of our Mayor. Along with her pal John Cesario Freeholder who is milking our town as a public defender and milking the town of Montville all at the taxpayers expense!! The Mayors daughters boyfriend works at the water department with no interview!! So if you need a job go down to the water department if thats the new standard!! This is not the agenda that our Governor supports!! Thiese are career politican that can't make it in the private sector because their clueless. 5.Mayor the Field of Dreams cost the taxpayers over 200,000 dollars in legal bills. Are you a Democrat?? Oh thats Milin Shah!
Sabot January 27, 2013 at 10:24 PM
What does a college degree have to do with serving in public office? President Lincoln didn't have a degree. Obama has two degrees (although no college records to prove it), and look at the mess he's making.
Sabot January 27, 2013 at 10:31 PM
Carifi and Stanton.
Frank Stross January 27, 2013 at 10:38 PM
6. The police deparment is short over 30 officer but your making promotions to take care of your buddies at the taxpayers expense! And what were you thinking of when you gave the chief of police a big fat contract!! Much more lucrative than chief Peckerman!! Wait to the taxpayers see his contract that the mayor approved!! This is Madness!! 7. I still for the life of me can't understand why would you write a letter on the Township letter head begging for leincey for a convicted drug dealer!! Who sold drugs to the youth in our town?? Jammie that letter is the property of the PEOPLE of Parsippany!! And to top it off you get reprimanded from the Morris County Prosecutors Office for your horrible decision!! You again embarrassed our town. Great job is that what the Governor would be proud of along with all your assembly friends?? Great job I just can't wait for all these elected officals who will stick up for your pathetic behavior. They will have alot of explaining to do to their constituetes!! What is quite clear about you is your lack of education, leadership and experience. Your a nice guy but the wrong guy for the job you are way over your head and the taxpayers of Parsippany can not afford you anymore.
1fairguy January 28, 2013 at 01:11 AM
Tushar, what "free promotion" was he supposed to get? Please tell everyone here, but make sure your facts are correct!
1fairguy January 28, 2013 at 01:24 AM
Gee "Parker," you sound a little bitter huh? God forbid that L.V. collected what he was ENTITLED to, and completed his education which he was ENTITLED to per his contract!!! I checked the tax records in Parsippany and you know what?? There is no "Parker Jones" listed as a property owner! So, are you renting,or are you too ashamed and scared to post your real name? I can't imagine a guy attacking a candidate, yet not having the "stones" to sign his/her name! I DO NOT live in town, and really couldn't care less who wins what. However, only a coward would do what you are doing! People like you are the problem with our society!
1fairguy January 28, 2013 at 01:32 AM
"Anthony," are you "Parker's" alter ego? Because you sir are also NOT a Morris County resident, let alone a Parsippany resident! So your negative posts mean nothing!!LOL
Nicholas Robert Homyak January 28, 2013 at 01:37 PM
In local elections; why must we have the same "two" parties as our political cliche only allows under the big dome? Republicans and Democrats. A conservative republican? look at what they have done for the country since Reagan and impeding all business. When Peluso says; making a difference; guess that means him being the difference period. Flood problems and thriving business, can he get the bi-pass value on the Dam fixed or see to it that great weather events are cancelled? Thriving business; will he bring our nations' jobs back and fight for social justice; how about business that keeps Lake Hiawatha, free from trash, litter and garbage practicing "clean communities" principals in the community. WE ALL SHOULD KNOW BY NOW WHAT IS GOOD FOR BUSINESS IS NOT ALWAYS GOOD FOR THE REST OF US.
Parker Jones January 28, 2013 at 02:54 PM
Ok, let’s call a spade a spade here and stop all of this foolishness. Stop causing trouble and interfering in Parsippany. Stop attacking other elected officials at the county and state level in this district to help you friend strengthen his outside influence in Parsippany and position himself for higher office. Now, everyone knows the real deal about what is going on in Parsippany. It’s plain and simple. This is about power and greed. Everyone knows that you and your friend are knee high in the dirt that is going on in my town. That you both are promoting the divisiveness for your own benefit. Everyone knows that the insanity in Parsippany in the Republican Party would not be happening if the Mayor had 1. promoted Carifi faster to the Captain’s position, 2. overstepped his authority to send Carifi to Quantico for training leapfrogging over the police officer who the FBI chose, 3. allowed Carifi to continue to collect overtime pay to facilitate the Citizen’s Academy (that’s right folks he was not volunteering his time), and 4. promoted him to Deputy Chief even though he had not taken the civil service exam and was not on the eligible list (which would have lead to a law suit by the union that the town would have lost and is the reason for Carifi’s frivolous lawsuit against the town) Why was there this great brouhaha about promoting a member of the force to the 4th Captain’s position.
Parker Jones January 28, 2013 at 02:57 PM
It’s not because it is costing the town more money or taking police off of patrol. Truthfully, the Captains are on patrol right along side of the regular police officers and when the administration promoted the officer to Captain because he accepted additional duties the position that he held was eliminated. So where is the excessive spending? The real reason that Paul Carifi made such a big stink about the Captain’s position is not because we need more patrols or because of cost it was because having 4 Captains instead of 3 forces his brother James Carifi to compete for the Chief’s position rather than just having the Mayor promote him to the position. How does it do that? Well by filling the 4th Captain’s position forces Carifi to take the civil service exam, be ranked in the top three on the list and actually compete for the appointment. Let’s take a look at Valori. Everyone knows that Valori is running because the Mayor did not promote him to the next level several months before he was slated to go out on terminal leave.
Parker Jones January 28, 2013 at 02:57 PM
These guys keep shouting about how loyal they are. Well their loyalty is not focused on doing what is in the best interests of the town, but what is in their best interests. Open your eyes folks. These guys are the same old, same old crew who worked against Agostini and the Republican party in town. They are the ones who are the go along, to get along crowd and those who don’t become targets for elimination. Keep calling the council a rubber stamp. It simply isn’t true. That is what is happening in our town and these people are being influenced by persons outside of town who have other ambitions and do not like the perceived power that Parsippany has when we are a untied Parsippany. Be careful Parsippany. Your decisions in November will speak volumes about where Parsippany is headed.
Carol M. January 28, 2013 at 05:41 PM
Now that's a new one. How silly Ms Jones; if you find my simple reason why I don't support a particular candidate as threatening, should I think to call you Paul for example? During the recent election, one of the BOE hot topics was nepotism. It was talked about at a lot of their meetings, was part of the candidate profiles and Mr Strumolo even wrote a letter to the editor at Parsippany Life strongly apposing the practice and pointing out that those with family working in the schools should not be on the BOE. It's an issue that many people have a problem with and I think that if you are completely unaware of the topic then you are out of touch with how our community feels. I think a rule that prevents our elected from being in charge of or hiring family is a good one; I don't want my tax dollars in the hands of someone who makes the decision about how his or her family member gets paid or what job they hold. And if the mayor has to recuse himself from doing a part of his job because he has a family member involved, exactly who steps in to do the job when he can’t? You can’t compare that concern to the Town Council, though I’m not happy about that set up as well but, at least there are 4 others who can continue to get the work done.
Larry Smith January 28, 2013 at 06:17 PM
Is it true that the Mayor and his buddy Inglisino have Ann Grossi comp cases for the township to pad her income and now be gave Cesaro a job as a public defender to pad his. Now Grossi is running for county clerk to then her pension into a 100,000. This is why she needs to go, time to end her time. This mayor continues to waste our money enough is enough.
Parker Jones January 28, 2013 at 08:44 PM
Your really something. Keep changing your name so you can keep spreading bad info. Cesaro does not get a pension for his public defender job. Grossi will not be padding a pension if she is elected Clerk. In 2006 The pension rules were amended to exclude newly elected officials from joining the pension. So your comments are bald faced lies. Both Grossi and Crsaro are attorneys. It's what they do for a living. they are performing legal services for which they are licensed. They are being paid for services rendered. If Grossi is doing workers Comp it goes through the insurance company. The insurance companies have s pool of attorneys they, not the town assign cases to for their various clients. I'd say educate yourself but we both know that your comments have nothing to do with education.
Larry Smith January 28, 2013 at 08:56 PM
Ann Grossi and Cesaro would be grandfathered because she's been a politician since 2006 so she's already in the system, so you should really educate your self.
Larry Smith January 28, 2013 at 09:09 PM
Parker Jones PR should I his call you a Barberio crony. Put your money where your mouth is . It's a known fact check the records Capt Carifi did not receive a penny of over time to put together a great program, he volunteered all his time. Again a great program the Mayor got rid of because of the very thing that's happening, Paul Carifi a much better person for the job of Mayor is running against him its plain and simple that why the mayor stopped the program and those hundreds of people who were lucky to attend that great program will be forever greatful. Parker stop talking out of your bottom side. You have no merit to anything you've said
Larry Smith January 28, 2013 at 09:17 PM
Again Parker you must be a Barberio crony another uneducated comment. When its all said and done you won't have anymore to write about because your buddy Barberiowill just be another citizen and maybe his swollen head and ego will be deflated
Scott Dean January 28, 2013 at 10:26 PM
Ok boys and girls we get it, Larry for (Not Barberio) Parker for (Barberio) Let their bodies of work speak for themselves,Not sure but if the people were polled on the last year of hijinx we have a clear winner!!
Parker Jones January 28, 2013 at 11:42 PM
Wrong again. There is no grandfather clause.
debbie blair January 29, 2013 at 04:45 AM
Why is it that Barberio's buddies make allegations against police officers that had served their community in a distinguished manner and can't prove their allegations. They are based on childish rumors and conspiracy theories. Obviously Mayor Barberio made up these allegations for his cronies to post for him. He is to incompetent to write these very scripted posts himself. FACTS 1. John Cesaro is appointed by Barberio at the taxpayers expense. Is their a conflict of interest that he was an elected councilmen for our town and shortly afterwards rehired for the Mayors payroll. This ethically stinks!! Fact, our good friend Ann Grossi was approved by the Mayor to do workmens comp cases for our town she now gets paid by our tax dollars. Question what experience does she have with workmens comp cases? Fact none! Why werent these jobs given to competent attorneys with experience. Ceasro not reappointed to Denville, Why? Cesaro not reappointed to Hanover, Why? What will be intersting is will they openly endorse Mr. Blunder? If they do the residents of the town should be outraged that these two officals are paid by our tax dollars and would be a conflict of interest and would stink as corruption!! FACT 1. One million in attorney fees a year! Johnny is getting richer and drives a nice BMW with a big house! 2. Vacant bussiness= Loss of revenue 3. 250, 000 pay out for clerk 4. Promotions with 30 patrolmen short 5. Letter for convicted drug dealer 6. Nepotism jobs
B. Granger January 30, 2013 at 03:37 PM
Natalie- I just want to throw out there for everyone- take a look at the elect report for DeIntinis and Carifi. How is it he(DeIntinis) spent nothing for his run at the BOE? Mr. Carifi onlyreported spending $2,252.30 for his party at the Sheraton. Who paid for the 300 dble sided 4x4 signs? The full page Parsippany Life ad? The door hangers? Post card mailers? Robo-calls? Small signs? I think you get the picture...a private non-reported donation from the deep pockets on the hill-Mr. Colangelo? or perhaps Mr. Mossberg? Maybe payment for Carifis chauffer duties during Sandy for those Bentley gas runs to the head of the line.I think Mr Messmer needs to wake from his slumber and start digging...
Carl Merchant January 31, 2013 at 06:18 AM
Let's see if Barberio gets Mr. Inglisino to fund his campaign, everyone knows that Barberio or should I say our taxpayer money has funded Inglisinos pockets.

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