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Two Fort Lee BOE Candidates Withdraw, Two to Vie for Open Seat

Only one of the two who want to take over former board president Arthur Levine’s seat until January will be on the ballot in November to finish his one-year term. Voters can now choose three of four candidates for three-year terms on the school board.

The Fort Lee Board of Education announced Wednesday that it has only one candidate who will appear on the November ballot to fill the remainder of former board president Arthur Levine’s unexpired term, that two of the on the board have withdrawn their names from the November ballot and that one of two people will fill Levine’s seat until the board’s reorganization meeting in January 2013.

“Per the law, [Levine] in the beginning of August,” Board Secretary and Business Administrator Cheryl Balletto told  Patch. “So because it’s 60 days before an election, the Fort Lee Board of Education has to appoint someone to the open seat until the re-org meeting in 2013.”

Balletto people had to send in their resumes for the board to review by Aug. 25.

“The board will review those resumes and interview the candidates, and then based upon the resumes and interviews, the board would then appoint someone into that seat up until the re-org meeting in January [2013],” Balletto explained. “There are only two people who have done that: [Patrick Spina] and [Candace Romba].”

Each of the two candidates will be interviewed at the next public board meeting on Monday, Sept. 24 at 8 p.m., according to school officials.

But Balletto said only Romba filed to be on the ballot in November to fill Levine’s unexpired term until the following election.

“She is the only person you can vote for for that one-year term,” Balletto said of Romba, adding that if elected, Romba would fill the seat until the reorganization meeting in January 2014.

In addition, the Fort Lee school board announced Wednesday that now former candidates Tracy Mattei and Steve Byoun have withdrawn their names from the ballot to fill one of the three-year terms, leaving just four candidates for three seats: incumbent John Bang, Esther Han Silver, Holly Morell and David Sarnoff. 

“Tracy and Steve won’t be on the ballot,” Balletto said. “As for the others, they’ll all be on the ballot, vying for three-year terms; it will be three of those four.”

Balletto added, “It could be either Candace or Patrick that could fill [Levine’s] seat until the re-org., but on the ballot, it’s only going to be Candice.”

Lisa Salvato September 14, 2012 at 02:17 AM
FYI, I didn't attack anyone. I made a comment on another story, and stalker replied to my comment to stop taking cheap shots. That's like Bernie Madoff telling someone to stop cheating at cards.
William Mays September 14, 2012 at 02:20 AM
Since just like Toni, you like to delete your comments so it looks like you are right, I am going to paste your response. Lisa Salvato 13 seconds ago FYI, I didn't attack anyone. I made a comment on another story, and stalker replied to my comment to stop taking cheap shots. That's like Bernie Madoff telling someone to stop cheating at cards. I replied to annoy you, I'll admit it. I don't appreciate being labeled something that I am not. I don't know why you randomly accuse me of being something that I am not, but it has to stop. If you don't agree with one of my statements, you can say that and reply with facts, you don't need to launch a full on attack.
Toni M. September 14, 2012 at 03:21 AM
Seriously? Hey Jackhole, leave my name out of ur delusions and take ur meds.
Lisa Salvato September 14, 2012 at 03:25 AM
I have no idea what you're talking about. I didn't delete anything. It's above yours. I can't say anything and you follow me on all the stories. I asked you to leave me alone, you're a stalker. Now you're saying I deleted something that is right in front of you? You're really a crazy person, aren't you?
Lisa Salvato September 14, 2012 at 03:45 AM
To the sick stalker 9:45 pm on Thursday, September 13, 2012 The Mothership wants you back. No one wants to touch your balls, calm down. You're the only stalker on this site that has a reprimand from the Patch editors on profile for the stuff you write. It's disgusting the stuff that you post. This is my last post about you. Stay off my comments
Tracy September 14, 2012 at 07:40 PM
Yes they are, Mr. Spina could offer his view as well.
William Mays September 14, 2012 at 09:11 PM
That person wasn't a editor, calm down.
William Mays September 14, 2012 at 09:12 PM
So you don't delete your comments after people reply to them? Because as I demonstrated on the other article, you do.
William Mays September 14, 2012 at 09:13 PM
And the guy I said it to completely deserved it, he was disrespecting the 3k+ people who died on 9/11.
carol simon September 15, 2012 at 01:31 AM
Too bad the meeting was cancelled but the entertainment value of this blog is appreciated.
CD Cantelli September 15, 2012 at 04:07 AM
BM, do you want me to post the link to Schoolhouse Rocks That's What's Happening. It will help you understand what people are saying to you.
William Mays September 15, 2012 at 04:15 AM
What the hell does this have to do with Schoolhouse Rock? I completely understand what everyone is saying to me, doesn't mean that I agree with it.
CD Cantelli September 15, 2012 at 04:15 AM
BM Angela Diadone works for the Patch. She told you to stop with the name calling. So maybe you should listen to her because I think you're going off the cliff again.
William Mays September 15, 2012 at 04:18 AM
I'll use whatever words I would like to. If you have a problem, tell Erik.
CD Cantelli September 15, 2012 at 04:18 AM
Well last time, you didn't understand how a bill becomes a law, Schoolhouse Rocks is very easy to understand. Since you seem to have anger management issues, I thought another happy video might help you. My favorite is Conjunction Junction. Maybe you should layoff attacking women. Nothing good can come of it.
CD Cantelli September 15, 2012 at 04:21 AM
Do you realize how insane you sound for a grown woman?
William Mays September 15, 2012 at 04:21 AM
If you ask anyone who knows me they'd tell you that I'm actually one of the calmest people that you'll ever meet. I don't debate people based on their sex, I couldn't care less about whether the person I'm debating is a man or a woman.
CD Cantelli September 15, 2012 at 04:22 AM
What you do is not debate.
William Mays September 15, 2012 at 04:22 AM
That was actually a mistake, I missed your comment, oops, sorry.
William Mays September 15, 2012 at 04:23 AM
It is debate, you seem to not be interested in having an actual discussion, because all you do is attack me.
William Mays September 15, 2012 at 04:24 AM
I'm a guy actually.
CD Cantelli September 15, 2012 at 04:29 AM
BM don't you see that you spend most of your time accusing everyone else of attacking you? Maybe the problem is you. Is this how you get people to respond to you? Maybe you're menopausal? It happens as you get older.
William Mays September 15, 2012 at 04:32 AM
I've been spending most of my time recently doing that, yes, because certain people on here don't agree with what I have to say, so instead result to trying to insult me. If they were to stop, I would be happy to go back to having normal discussions with them.
William Mays September 15, 2012 at 04:32 AM
What does she teach?
William Mays September 15, 2012 at 04:33 AM
I'm just as sick of this as you are.
Toni M. September 15, 2012 at 05:08 AM
Christopher don't bother. I'm fine. He loves to pop his troll head and talk snark, we started our love affair when he talked smack about cops back in 2011. Pass the kool aid.
Ryan October 13, 2012 at 04:45 AM
too bad there is still no principal at the middle school and nothing on the agenda about it...
Antonella zago November 04, 2013 at 07:41 PM
Toni m sounds a lot like Patrick Spinas wife/employee she is on twitter @fauxrealitye her blog is a must read also.
Vincenza leonelli spina November 04, 2013 at 08:18 PM
Vincenza leonelli spina is my name and crappy slanderous blogs is my game! yes i forced patrick to marry me. dont like it? ill blog about you #jackhole
Vincenza leonelli spina November 04, 2013 at 08:18 PM
Vincenza leonelli spina is my name and crappy slanderous blogs is my game! yes i forced patrick to marry me. dont like it? ill blog about you #jackhole

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