New councilperson means new mayor sworn-in tonight in Passaic City

PATERSON – Passaic County Chairman of the Board of Elections John Currie – who also serves as chairman of the Democratic Party – supervises the provisional ballot count here in a third floor jury room at the Passaic County offices in downtown Paterson.

Head-to-head in this Passaic City Council contest are Vice Principal Angel Laboy and former School Board member Kenneth Lucianan.

At last count, Lucianin led Laboy by 103 votes.

Laboy observes the ballot count while Lucianin waits in a secure location for the results.

As soon as this count is done and the winner certified, the results of the mayor’s race will also get the county’s official imprimatur.

Mayor-elect Alex Blanco anticipates assuming the oath of office this evening before the regularly scheduled City Council meeting.

He will be joined by either Laboy or Lucianin.

One of them willfill a vacancy created by former Councilman Marcellus Jackson, who admitted to taking $22,000 in bribes after the feds bustedhim last year as part ofOperation Broken Boards.

New councilperson means new mayor sworn-in tonight in Passaic City