Welcome to Woodland Park Again

The results have been tabulated by the Board of Election; the borough has been informed; and the vote count will be certified next week. Woodland Park won the Provisional votes 22 to 19... a pick up of 3 additional votes. Thus the uncertified final count is:

"NO" - 2,248

"YES" - 2,216

Given public statements of the Mayor and the head of the Committee to Save West Paterson at the Council meeting held on November 4th, it is unlikely that this issue will be placed on the ballot again. At this meeting, both went on record in support of moving quickly to formalize the name change (if the results remained as is after the Provisional ballots were counted); and both agreed that it was time to move on and heal all wounds caused by this issue. We agree.

THE COMMITTEE TO KEEP WOODLAND PARK

Making the Case: Why “We Will Win” Again

Last year, residents voted to change the name of our borough to “Woodland Park”. Most residents and businesses quickly embraced the new name because it represented “NEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR A BRIGHTER FUTURE”… a new identity and a new spirit: a new possibility for increased economic growth and prosperity, and a new path toward positive change. And despite predictions to the contrary, property taxes did NOT increase and other costs were insignificant (Mayor Lepore: 9/3/09 Council Meeting).

However, some still cling to a “past rich in history” instead of a “future filled with new opportunities”. So, on November 3, 2009, you will be asked to vote on a new ballot question to change our name. If you Vote “NO”, “WE WILL WIN again and continue on a path toward revitalizing our community.

Why will we win again? We Have the Votes to Win. All We Have To Do Is VOTE “NO”.

1. “Woodland Park” supporters now have a larger coalition of voters than last year: a) those who voted for it; b) those who voted against it, but changed their minds; and c) those who are new residents.

2. “Woodland Park” opponents, despite exaggerated claims, now have a smaller number of voters than last year: a) barely enough signatures to place the question on the ballot; b) far fewer signatures than voted against the name change last year; and c) significantly less signatures than anticipated.

Our voices are not loud, but our votes will once again speak volumes at the polls.

This election is about a “future of new possibilities” for our borough, and not about its “wonderful past”. Those who understand this will “carry the day” in this election. They are our growing “Silent Majority”.

“Woodland Park” represents our future. That is why we are confident that we will keep our name. If you agree, be sure to Vote “NO”. We encourage you to Vote by Mail” ballot (found on our website - www.woodlandparknj.org).

If you Vote “NO” on the ballot question, We Will Keep “Woodland Park” as Our Name.

EVERY VOTE COUNTS… DO NOT LET OTHERS MAKE THIS DECISION FOR YOU.

THE COMMITTEE TO KEEP WOODLAND PARK


FEATURE STORIES, OPINIONS AND OTHER INFORMATION
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OPINIONS AND OTHER INFORMATION