Sixth Ward Race
Giacchi Keeps His Seat in 6
Sixth ward incumbent Angelo “Nino” Giacchi defeated former Zoning Board member Tom Foley by 117 votes – the widest margin of the day. The final tally is 441 for Giacchi and 324 for Foley. Giacchi received 139 more votes in the runoff, while Foley added 84 to his first vote total. Giacchi took the lion’s share of the votes left behind by failed challenger Billy Noonan, who missed the runoff by fewer than 10 votes.
Giacchi had a lackluster May 8th performance as part of the “Voice For All Hoboken” marketing effort, which seemed to be more of a gimmick to promote Ruben Ramos and Peter Cammarano than an actual effort to get candidates elected to City Council. After barely getting over 300 votes in the first ballot, Giacchi changed campaign managers for the runoff, which led to increased street presence and voter interactivity. Nearly the same number of voters came to the polls Tuesday as did on May 8th in the sixth ward, known for it’s quiet neighborhoods and quieter campaigns.
See the previous updates below.
News or press releases regarding each candidate can be seen on their respective pages.
Tom Foley had emailed me his record of his Zoning Board activity. He attached this PDF for readers to peruse.
Polling place in Tuesdays election switched
An 11th-hour switcheroo in the polling place for some voters in the Sixth Ward could be confusing during Tuesday’s run-off election, both candidates agreed today.
Voters in the ward’s fourth district were notified last week that they will be voting at the 5 Church Towers — on Willow Avenue between Fifth and Sixth streets — instead of at A.J. Demarest School, 401 Garden St., where they have voted in the last three elections.
Voters in this district traditionally voted at Calabaro School, 310 Jefferson St., but it is undergoing renovations, so they went to Demarest for the last three elections: The April 17 school board vote, the May 8 regular municipal election and the June 5 primary.
Voters were informed of the change when sample ballots were mailed out last week, said Thomas Foley, who is running against the incumbent, Councilman Angelo “Nino” Giacchi.
Foley filed a lawsuit in state Superior Court in Jersey City seeking to block the change but Judge Maurice Gallipoli ruled on Friday that it was too late to switch it back, Foley said.
“Regardless on the impact on the election, it certainly seems that it will create voter confusion without justification,” Foley said yesterday.
Giacchi said he does not think the change will make much difference but worries that some voters going to the wrong polling place may give up before casting their vote.
“I think it is a concern for both candidates,” Giacchi said. “When I heard, I knew I had to put a plan in place to spread the word.”
Neither the city nor county clerks could not be reached for comment today but Hudson County Freeholder Maurice Fitzgibbons, D-Hoboken, said the polling place had been changed because the Board of Elections received a number of complaints that Demarest was too far for them to travel.
He said that signs should be posted at both schools telling voters where to go.
The fourth district is a stronghold for Giacchi, who received twice as many votes there than any other district.
Giacchi beat Foley by 62 votes in the May 8 contest.
Read more about the original election, plus some wacky signs all over town below…
Several readers sent in pictures of Nino Giacchi’s campaign signs up on some bus stops in town. Whether it’s “Bad Nino” or “Nino-gate”, does anyone know what the real deal is?
I have a feeling that if it were Zimmer or Foley, the city’s “authorities” would have them take down immediately. However, I’m wondering if the city ordinance covers these New Jersey Transit bus shelters. Are they “exempt” from this “law” (ordinance § 168-23), and just removed by NJ Transit Police?
I believe these are the final results:
Noonan – 235
Giacchi – 302
Foley – 242
Run-off is June 12th between Foley and Giacchi.
Ward Map. Get full sized original HERE.