Update: Tillotson, Greenberg Win Seats on Township Committee

Republicans say their Democratic opponents ran 'effective campaign.'

updated 9:30 a.m. Nov. 9

Republicans Robert Tillotson and Sari Greenberg won seats on the Millburn Township Committee on Tuesday, defeating Democrats Stephen Thomas and Seth Levine.

The top issue in the had been how the township is going to deal with . Other issues included shared services, parking and redevelopment but fixing flooding problems stood out as the issue voters were interested in most.

According to the Essex County Clerk's Office, Tillotson had 26 percent of the vote with 1,614 votes cast in his favor, Greenberg had 26 percent with 1,591 votes. Thomas had 24 percent of the vote with 1,474 votes and Levine garnered 23 percent with 1,417 votes.

Only 17 percent of the 451,561 registered voters in Essex County voted on Tuesday. Millburn Town Clerk Joanne Monarque said on Friday that Millburn has 14,090 registered voters and 3,331 came to the polls or voted absentee, which represents 24 percent of voters in town.

"They seized on the issue of the day," said incumbent Robert Tillotson, regarding the campaign. "They ran a very effective campaign. "We did not expect it to be this close - and that shows you how effective it was."

Greenberg, a lawyer and a mother of two girls in middle and elementary school, said she was thrilled to have won a chance to serve the community as it recovers from flooding.

"It's been a very polarizing couple of months and now we all need to come together as one as we face the challenges ahead of us," she said.

Thomas and Levine had hope to fill the two spots or at least the seat left by outgoing Committee Member Jim Suell, who had been the lone Democrat on the committee.

Thomas called Tillotson and Greenberg to congratulate them early in the evening, after the results started coming in as it became clear they had won.

"It is what it is. I'm surprised and disappointed," he said. "But I enjoyed the process, and will remain quite involved in the township. I do feel that it's unfortunate for the town that it's now a unanimous Republican committee."

Levine echoed that sentiment.

"This is a Republican town, and it shows," Levine said. "But having a totally Republican Township Committee is dangerous - there's no voices dissenting."

Last year, Levine said, he ran to get a parking deck and a river walk -- two things that the town has since started work on.

"So in that sense I won," he said. "I hope this time I 'win' by the township working toward sharing common services and a little bit of future planning to avoid future flooding problems."


mhs973 November 09, 2011 at 11:01 PM
To MarkDS, It is kind of hysterical to me how you are bashing the democratic party candidates beacuse you appear to have no knowledge of any of their backgrounds. Let me point the record straight, that Thomas led a good campaign and only wants to help make Millburn a more successful town, just as several other of the candidates in past elections have communicated. In addition, do you really think it is necessary to continue to bash Mr. HUMPHREYS. Also, just for your own knowledge, Humphreys is a high end attonery in Manhattan, who works on several financial law contracts at McDermott Will & Emery, so I really do find it funny that :"the Democratic candidates have mostly not had the type of financial legal or governmental experience on par with the Republican candidate." If you feel this way, can you answer one question - what is your experience then and maybe you should stop addressing your political team so negatively and run yourself!
MarkDS November 09, 2011 at 11:17 PM
Humphreys is a as I described him. A person whose primary goal in life is to hear himself talk. So sometimes being a "high powered" lawyer is far outweighed by other factors. Thankfully we did not need to endure him on the Committee. And I stated that I did vote for Thomas.
bluemartha80 November 10, 2011 at 02:56 AM
Mark DS- First you said that the Democrats were not running qualified candidates.You than explained the qualifications that you deemed necessary and you basically described Peter Humphreys but wait you than said that Peter is a articulate lawyer who talks to much.He also did not fall in your category that dems are all for big downtown redevelopment.I think maybe someone else is the one who likes to hear himself talk or at least type. One last thing I think it is safe to say from what I saw in town and at the train station that no candidate in this election worked harder than Steven Thomas.
MarkDS November 10, 2011 at 10:42 AM
I said less qualified, not unqualified.And I think I have been VERY clear what the problem is with Humphreys (who pretty much foisted himself on the Democrats kicking and screaming after the turncoat performance of his wife).
JB November 10, 2011 at 05:42 PM
Agreed on Stephen's hustle. And he was by far the most genuine of all of the candidates.


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