Councilman Shahin Khalique’s court victory stunned his main rival and sent shock waves through the city’s political circles. Passaic County assignment judge Ernest Caposela’s ruling will have an impact beyond the 2nd Ward. Some have predicted the ruling will change the way election campaigns are run in the city for the worse.
After an almost year-long trial, Passaic County Superior Court judge Ernest Caposela on Monday afternoon crowned Shahin Khalique winner of the city’s 2nd Ward election.
Councilman Alex Mendez on Thursday afternoon vehemently denied ever making a racially-tinged remark that is included in a federal court complaint filed by three ousted Paterson Board of Adjustment members.
Passaic County assignment judge Ernest Caposela invalidated 22 mail-in votes in the 2nd Ward election case on Friday morning in a contest that was narrowing decided by just 20 votes.
After hearing arguments on Friday afternoon in 44 ballots former councilman Mohammed Akhtaruzzaman’s side is seeking to nullify, Passaic County Superior Court judge Ernest Caposela is expected to render a decision in the drawn-out case in early July.
With five weeks to go before the vote to determine who will lead the City Council for the next year, council members seeking the helm of the governing body have been maneuvering to collect the needed votes to capture the presidency.
After hearing months of testimony from dozens of voters, deputy attorney general Alan Stephens in a brief submitted to the Passaic County Superior Court is suggesting the court reject 22 identified mail-in ballots cast in the 2nd Ward election.