Final Numbers: Friedman, Greenspan and Tift Victorious in Lakewood School Board Elections, Budget Defeated


tracy-tiftMatzav first to call winners at 10 p.m. Final  updated numbers below – 10:15 p.m.: Lakewood, NJ – The three Board of Ed candidates endorsed by local mosdos have won the local school board elections, is the first to report at 10 p.m. EST. Yisrael Friedman, Zecharia Greenspan and Tracey Tift battled eight other candidates for three seats on the nine-member school board in a hotly contested election that culminated with a strong turnout of voters at the polls today.

The other candidates were Boruch Blaustein, Boruch Mandel, Bill Hobday, Shuie Schmuckler, Larry Avrin, Larry Loigman, Avraham Ostreicher, and Yisroel Rosenthal.

Tift and Ostreicher were current members seeking reelection. Board member Ada Gonzalez did not seek reelection.

Sh0rtly before Yom Tov, almost two dozen heads of local mosdos issued endorsements of Friedman, Greenspan and Tift. The four roshei yeshiva of Beth Medrash Govoha, Rav Malkiel Kotler, Rav Dovid Schustal, Rav Yeruchem Olshin and Rav Yisroel Neuman, signed a letter encouraging people to follow those endorsements.

Polls closed at 9 p.m.

The numbers, with 38 out of 38 polling places (100%) having been counted:

Yisrael Rosenthal 259 votes, 2.11%

Tracey Tift 3,425 votes, 27.86%

Lawrence Avrin 1049 votes, 8.53%

Baruch Blaustein 220 votes, 1.79%

Zecharia Greenspan 1,972 votes, 16.04%

Larry Loigman 727 votes, 5.91%

Avrohom Ostreicher 378 votes, 3.08%

Boruch Mandel 248 votes 2.02%

William Hobday 1,131 votes, 9.20%

Yisrael Friedman 1,937 votes, 15.76%

Shui Schmuckler 856 votes 6.96%

Write-In – 90 votes 0.73%

Total votes: 12,292

Residents  also voted on the school district tax levy of $71,231,078, a 3.40% reduction over last year’s budget. The budget was voted down 2,316 (75.15%) to 766 (24.85%).

Thanks for staying with for up-to-the-minute updates throughout the evening.

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  1. What a matzav

    Hope these guys know what they are getting themselves into

    I’d probably rather get hit by a freight train than be on a school board

  2. making shidduchim and being on the school board both require similar qualities of assertiveness, of negotiation, of understanding what’s at stake, of caring for each person and for the future of klal yisroel. i think we saw tonight a vote of confidentce that freddie, who is a first class shadchan, would bring his powers onto the boe and get the job done right. Go Freddie!

  3. It is intyeresting to note that Tift got 1300 votes more than the jewish candidates. It shows Hobday and Logman got approx 1000 votes of the non jeish. Tift got 2,000 jewish votes plus the approx 1000 of the non jewish to have an astounding 3400