Elizabeth Ward Races: Dasilva prevails in residency court case

The courts and streets intersect with a vengeance in Elizabeth politics. 

In advance of the June 3rd Democratic Primary election where six ward seats are at stake, a Superior Court Judge this afternoon ruled in favor of Elizabeth Council candidate Armando Dasilva in a residency case.

The City Clerk of Elizabeth filed a complaint against DaSilva, an ally of the Elizabeth Board of Education, claiming he doesn’t live in the 3rd ward where he seeks a vacant seat.

Dasilva recently separated from his wife, which prompted the complaint.

Two city employees signed affidavits that he was seen coming out a building in a different ward – even though he had a drivers license, bank statement and other documentation showing he had moved within the ward.

The candidate also shares the house with his wife, a Dasilva ally pointed out.

Judge Camille M. Kenny yelled at Clerk Yolanda Roberts’ allies for “wasting her time,” and ruled in Dasilva’s favor.

Dasilva is running for a seat being vacated by retiring Third Ward Councilman Joe Keenan.

In the developing race for Keenan’s seat, Elizabeth Mayor Chris Bollwage and his allies back Kevin Kiniery, a sergeant retiring from the Elizabeth Police Department.

Elizabeth Ward Races: Dasilva prevails in residency court case