Recount confirms Mazzeo’s victory in District 2 Assembly race

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HAMILTON TOWNSHIP — Nearly a month after most voters cast their ballots in the Nov. 5 general election, it appears that the State Assembly race in District 2 is complete, with Northfield Mayor Vince Mazzeo winning by the slightest of margins - only 39 votes - over incumbent John Amodeo of Margate - 25,127 to 25,166.

Mazzeo said Wednesday, Dec. 4, “I am feeling pretty good today. It seems like after two recounts have been completed that it’s clear the voters have made their choice and it is time for us to move forward for the good of the 2nd District.”

The assemblyman-elect said he is excited about the possibilities and feels that coming from his background as a mayor and city councilman he has a good handle on funding to the municipalities. “I think the most important thing I can do is to help in some way give some tax relief to our property owners, not just here but across the state,” Mazzeo said.

The bigger issue will be back in Northfield, where Mazzeo’s swearing-in come January will leave a vacancy in the mayor’s office where he had another year left in his term. City Councilman Frank Perri spent more than 20 years as mayor of Northfield, but he just won a four-year seat as councilman-at-large.

Whoever replaces Mazzeo, the term will be for only one year to complete Mazzeo’s term and then he or she will need to run for a new term. 

Because Mazzeo is a Democrat, the Northfield Democratic Party will have the opportunity to present three names for City Council to choose from to fill the remaining year.

On the Republican side, the recount made it official: Nick Piergiovanni prevailed over his Democratic opponent, David Devine by one vote 639-638. Piergiovanni was sworn in at the Nov. 19 meeting.

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