Ward boundaries and where to vote
Voting times on Tuesday are from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Places to vote are assigned by ward and district. For more information, call the Town Clerk's office at (201) 330-2017.
Generally, the 1st Ward runs from the center of town to the southeast, from Penhorn Creek to Buchmuller Park, and from Centre Avenue to Mansfield Avenue.
The 2nd Ward is located in the north end from Mill Creek to Route 3, and includes part of Meadowlands Parkway.
The 3rd Ward starts at the center of town to the southwest, from Route 3 to Meadowlands Parkway, including Minnie Place and Sixth Street.
Elwell, 60, a native of Secaucus, was initially elected for a two-year term as mayor in 1999 when he ran against MacCormack and another Independent. In 2001, when he ran unopposed, an act of legislature changed the term to four years. Now he will run against MacCormack for a second four-year term.
"My family has lived on the same piece of land in town since 1888," Elwell said. "I worked hard to improve the quality of life for residents. I believe my record speaks for itself."
Elwell believes in "an abundant quality of life in the jewel of the Meadowlands" by keeping taxes down while offering a full range of services to residents, promoting controlled development, keeping open space and recreational areas, and continuing to improve traffic and flooding issues.
Insurance business owner Frank McCormack Sr., 80, has lived in Secaucus for 65 years. In his interview two weeks ago, MacCormack said he does not have his platform of solutions ready for publication.
But MacCormack said he will correct the problems he sees in Secaucus' future - overdevelopment, questionable deals with state and private agencies, and the loss of "small town values and position."
Contesting the 3rd Ward seat
Third Ward incumbent John Reilly, 60, a member of the Secaucus Democratic Organization, has lived in town for 33 years. Reilly said the quality of life for Secaucus residents and their families will always be his priority. He said the most important issues involve traffic, controlling development and preserving open space.
"By keeping taxes down while at the same time improving services, the present administration has worked hard together to make Secaucus affordable," Reilly said. "I work person-to-person in the 3rd Ward to keep abreast of the residents' needs and concerns."
Independent challenger Tom Roarty has lived in Secaucus all his life. The novice politician said he is not a politician at all, but a concerned citizen who thinks that Reilly and the rest of the Elwell administration engage in unjust practices in their daily function as municipal employees, citing campaign donations from contractors and developers, and people holding more than one job.
"I may just be beginning, but I intend to go door to door to see what's really going on in the minds of the 3rd Ward residents and do something about all this," Roarty said.