Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Voters are casting ballots to decide whether the school board plan for high school athletic improvements will go forward.
The bitter chill apparently isn't keeping as many voters from the polls as one might expect. Municipal Clerk Yancy Wazirmas has had a busy day traveling to polling places around Parsippany to see how the vote is progressing in Tuesday's special Board of Education referendum on its proposed $7.7 million package of athletic improvements for Parsippany andParsippany Hills high schools. And she told Patch that poll activity is brisk all over the township. "The turnout is pretty good," said Wazirmas. She said she did not encounter any major problems at the polling sites beyond some residents registering displeasure over not receiving sample ballots in the mail or being confused over where they were supposed to cast their votes. "One lady …
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Parsippany's municipal clerk says final arrangements for the Jan. 22 vote are being made now.
Parsippany residents have the opportunity to hit the polls Jan. 22 to weigh in on whether they support the Board of Education's $7.7 million proposal to improve athletic facilities at Parsippany and Parsippany Hills High School. And Town Clerk Yancy Wazirmas said that when it comes to putting on an election, all signals are go. "Things are happening so fast," said Wazirmas, regarding the quick turnaround involved in putting on the school board. "The sample ballot is supposed to be mailed [to registered voters] this week by the county clerk's office. They should be in the mail. I really hope so." Wazirmas said voting for the special election will take place at nine locations: Districts 21, 22, 23, 28: Central Middle School Districts 9, 11, …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Town clerk, overseeing her first Par-Troy election, says lines greeted many polling places.
Election Day is finally here, and despite Sandy's winds and rain and the loss it left behind, it appears residents are anxious to have their say at the ballot box. Asked how her first Parsippany election since coming to town was going, Municipal Clerk Yancy Wazirmas said that things were hectic. "It's been busy," she said. "We had a line at [5:45 a.m.] before the polls opened." Wazirmas has had to preside over an election process hampered by the superstorm. Several Parsippany polling places were put out of commission—for example, Lake Hiawatha School suffered serious roof damage—so balloting sites were consolidated, and even Town Hall is hosting voters. Despite the storm and national predictions of low turnout in areas hard hit by Sandy, …
Friday, November 2, 2012
For Election Day Tuesday, there are changes to voting locations.
Storm or no storm, Tuesday's general election must go forward—even with damage or power problems plaguing some of the traditional polling sites serving Parsippany's 39 voting districts. So that the election can go forward, Municipal Clerk Yancy Wazirmas late Friday announced replacement polling places as follows: All other polling locations will remain the same.
Monday, October 15, 2012
The deadline to register to cast a vote in the general election is Oct. 16.
Tuesday is the last day to register for the Nov. 6 presidential election—and the Parsippany municipal clerk's office is doing its part to help residents make it under the wire. Clerk Yancy Wazirmas said the office will be open late Tuesday—until 9 p.m. "We want to make sure everyone has a chance to register," she told Patch. If you wish to register to vote online, the deadline is the same; you can do so at rockthevote.com. Those in the military and overseas don't have to miss out on fulfilling their civic duty: Register via the Federal Voting Assistance program website. Wazirmas said the Parsippany clerk's office can also help those who are already registered and wish to vote by mail. She said forms are available at Town Hall for …
Sunday, September 9, 2012
Yancy Wazirmas assumed control of the municipal clerk's office after Labor Day.
Parsippany's new municipal clerk is on the job as of Tuesday, and according to Yancy Wazirmas, things are going very well. Right now, she told Patch she is in the process of getting settled. "It's been a lot to take in," the new clerk said. "I'm meeting a lot of new people and trying to remember who is who. Everyone has been really nice, though, and very welcoming." Wazirmas, 39, hails from Prospect Park, where she worked in the municipal clerk's office for eight years, moving up the ladder from assistant clerk to the top spot. "I liked Prospect Park, but I was looking for... not exactly a new challenge, but something a little bit bigger," she said, noting that the town has 5,600 residents. Parsippany has nearly 10 times that number. "…
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Carol Kehoe provides assistance as township seeks to fill position.
For months, the Parsippany-Troy Hills Township municipal clerk’s office has been in turmoil since the abrupt and still controversial departure of former clerk Elesha Johnson. Filling the gap for the time being is a familiar face. Carol Kehoe, who served as the township's interim clerk for a brief period last year, is back in action. She told Patch that she hopes to make the transition to the township’s next full-time clerk as easy as possible. “I’m just helping out until they go through the hiring process to find a new clerk,” Kehoe said. “I first helped out in the clerk’s office last year when Judy Silver retired. I then came back and helped out again when the new clerk was out on medical leave." After Johnson left the position following …
Friday, April 6, 2012
Legal fights pit the clerk's employees against the former clerk and both against town leaders
More information is surfacing in the mysterious ending of Township Clerk Elesha Johnson's employment. Four employees in the clerk's office—including one who retired over the matter—say Johnson created a hostile workplace for them. In response, they are taking legal action against town leadership and the former clerk. Attorney Gina Mendola Longarzo said she has filed a tort claim, in essence a motion of intent to sue for $4 million, in the names of former employee Tonae Bettelli and current staffers Cara Fox, Leslie Miller and Janet Zorsky. Among those named as defendants in the action are Mayor James Barberio, Personnel Director Hank Sunyak, Business Administrator Jasmine Lim, the five Town Council members and Johnson. Longarzo told Patch …
Monday, April 2, 2012
Business administrator said she will try to obtain a filing extension for those affected.
The deadline for prospective candidates in the June primary election is Monday at 4 p.m. Some people wishing to run may miss that deadline—and it may not be their fault. Several people went to Town Hall early in order to file the required petition signatures they needed to run for seats on the Parsippany Republican Committee but were turned away. The issue: A clerk's office staffer told them that they needed 10 petition signatures in order to qualify. The problem is that, according to Morris County Clerk Joan Bramhall, the town employee had it wrong. "It's five for Republicans and one for Democrats," Bramhall confirmed to Patch. The number of petition signatures needed to run for office is based upon the number of party votes in the most …
Monday, July 18, 2011
The new municipal clerk hopes to bring a new spirit to Parsippany's Town Hall
When one meets Elesha Johnson, Parsippany's new municipal clerk, one encounters a wave of positivity and good feeling. Even Mayor James Barberio says so. "There is just something about her," he said. "We knew it from the moment we met her at the interview for the position. This is a special woman and she is going to bring something special to this town." Business Administrator Janice Lim agrees that Johnson is a lovely person. People in Parsippany, she said, "will really like and enjoy her." Naturally, Johnson waves all that away. "Those nice words just tell me what I already suspected," said Elesha Johnson, 50. "I am going to be working with some special people." Johnson starts her job as town clerk on August 1 at a pay rate of $75,000…