Tue. Nov 13th, 2018

Controversial mayor ousted in recall vote

Residents voted to do away with Mahwah Mayor Bill Laforet and elected former councilman John Roth to take his place.

Mahwah Mayor Bill Laforet will lose his job after residents voted to recall him from workplace, candidates confirmed.  

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And voters additionally determined that John Roth ought to take over as mayor. Laforet might have each been recalled and elected on the identical poll.

“I’ve given seven years of my life to this community as mayor and I’m proud of my accomplishments and the body of work we have produced,” Laforet mentioned Tuesday night time. “It creates a long-lasting foundation of economic growth for our community. I hope my opponent becomes a good steward of the things that are already set in place. I wish him well.”

Laforet additionally mentioned this isn’t the tip of his political profession, however wouldn’t remark about future aspirations.

Roth, who served 12 years on the council, 5 years on the college board and two on the planning board, can be sworn in after the votes are licensed by the county clerk. The actual date isn’t but know.

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“This just goes to show you how unique Mahwah is,” Roth mentioned. “When voters are unhappy and don’t feel like they’re being served correctly, they change it. I was a benefactor of that and I’m thankful to all the people who voted for me.” 

This was the second try to recall Laforet however the first that made it to the polls. 

The first bid was deserted in August 2015 when the group failed to gather 4,200 signatures by their deadline. 

This newest effort was launched in January by a bunch of residents who name themselves The Committee to Recall Mayor William Laforet. They blame Laforet for a number of lawsuits and dangerous press the township has gotten. They additionally mentioned he confirmed incompetent administration, poor judgment, abused his energy, and inspired divisiveness.

“This is beyond words,” mentioned Melanie Sue, the chairperson of the recall committee. “We are so proud to be part of this new chapter. This is a first step in the right direction for this beautiful town that has unfortunately been used as a pawn for party politicians. That changed today.”

“People really can make a difference,” she mentioned.

Laforet, who has normal himself as a civil rights champion, says that Mahwah has thrived throughout his time on workplace. He says it has the bottom taxes within the county, is without doubt one of the most secure communities within the state, has two AAA bond scores and world-class companies are organising store within the township.

Laforet and the council have been at odds for years. He blamed them for an ordinance banning non-residents from parks, which resulted in two lawsuits which have since been settled.

And he has been criticized for falsely accusing the previous DPW Director Ed Sinclair — who ran for mayor towards Laforet in 2012 — of getting baby pornography on his work pc. Laforet suspended Sinclair however the council reinstated him throughout a raucous council assembly in March 2015. Sinclair died months later and his household has filed a wrongful death lawsuit towards the township. 

Laforet was first elected mayor in 2011. His present time period time period expired in 2020. 

Allison Pries could also be reached at apries@njadvancemedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @AllisonPries. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

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