There are eight candidates for three seats on Lyndhurst Board of Education on Tuesday, November 6. Fortunately for Lyndhurst voters, this election has shaped up to be a binary decision between five candidates who represent a lack of qualifications and/or the failures of past vs. three who offer hope for the future.
Running down the list of the eight candidates by their ballot order positions, this is how we see the options and why we think Ferrandino, Gaccione and Pizzuti are the only real choices for change in 2018:
#1 on the ballot is Bill Barnaskas. He is a former Lyndhurst Board of Education member running to return to the BOE.
#2 on the ballot is Vinnie Tunnero. He is a hairdresser and a DJ running for his first term.
#3 on the ballot is Stephen Vendola. He is a former Lyndhurst Board of Education member running to return to the BOE.
#4 on the ballot is Frank Ferrandino. Educated at Rutgers School of Business, Ferrandino owns his own insurance business. Ferrandino is the parent of Lyndhurst Public School students and is an active member of the PTA. He ran against BOE President Vuono in the 2017 election and came very close. Ferrandino is running to win his first term this year.
#5 on the ballot is Sheri Jarvis. Part-time aide to Mayor Giangeruso, Jarvis is running for her third consecutive term on the Lyndhurst Board of Education.
#6 on the ballot is Giovanni Gaccione. Educated at Stevens Institute of Technology and Columbia’s Executive MBA program, Gaccione runs the global business unit for State, Local and Education Business at Genetec. He attended Lyndhurst Public Schools and is the father of a young daughter. Gaccione is running for his first term.
#7 on the Ballot is Lynn Mizeski. The mother of Sacred Heart School students, Mizeski is also incumbent BOE member Jarvis’ next door neighbor and Jarvis’ running mate. Mizeski is running for a first term.
#8 on the ballot is Rick Pizzuti. A BA in Criminal Justice and trained by the FBI, Pizzuti was named Law Enforcement Officer of the Year and has been assigned to the DEA. Pizzuti is a youth athletic coach and runs a variety of programs for the PBA, including the Pink Patch Program for Breast Cancer Awareness. Pizzuti is the father of Lyndhurst Public School students and is running for his first term.
Unlike the challenges Lyndhurst Public Schools face today, the choices for Lyndhurst Board of Education on Tuesday, November 6 are not as difficult.
You have one incumbent (Jarvis) seeking re-election, two past incumbents (Barnaskas and Vendola) seeking comebacks, and two candidates (Tunnero and Mizeski) lacking the qualifications we need on the School Board.
In our minds, none of the above mentioned are serious options for giving the new Schools Superintendent, Anthony Grieco, the quality Board of Education that he needs to make Lyndhurst Schools all that they can be.
We think Ferrandino, Gaccione and Pizzuti are not only the ONLY choices, they are, thank God, exceptional choices.
If you agree with us, get involved and make a difference for these three men who have stepped up to volunteer their time to help give Lyndhurst a better future.
Share Ferrandino, Gaccione and Pizzuti’s Facebook links (seen above, under each of their bios).
And of course, vote Tuesday, November 6 as if the future of Lyndhurst depends on it.