The debate was held at Borough Hall and hosted by the League of Women Voters (LWV). The candidates were Joe Accardi & Michael Peterson from the 2nd Ward and David Jacobs & Michael Yakubov from the 5th Ward. The format of the debate allotted each candidate three (3) minutes each for their opening and three (3) minutes each for their closing statements. Each question had a one (1) minute response with an allowance of 30 seconds for additional comments. In total there were 13 questions.

OPENING STATEMENTS

Michael Peterson

 

Joe Accardi

 

Michael Yakubov

 

David Jacobs

 

QUESTION #1: Specifically, how would you reduce taxes?

Michael Peterson

 

Michael Yakubov

 

David Jacobs

 

Joe Accardi

 

QUESTION #2: Do you have any specific suggestions for bringing businesses to Westfield Avenue? If so, what are they and have you brought these before the mayor & council in the past?

Joe Accardi

 

David Jacobs

 

Michael Yakubov

 

Michael Peterson

 

Joe Accardi (Additional Comments)

 

QUESTION #3: How do you plan to address the speeding issues in town if you’re elected?

Michael Peterson

 

Michael Yakubov

 

Joe Accardi

 

David Jacobs

 

Joe Accardi (Additional Comments)

 

Michael Peterson (Additional Comments)

 

Michael Yakubov (Additional Comments)

 

QUESTION #4: Mr. Jacobs, you have stated that you would support a state initiative that would require Roselle Park to add additional low and moderate income housing after the state mandates have been met. How would this benefit Roselle Park?

David Jacobs

 

QUESTION #4A:  Do you support additional Affordable Housing in Roselle Park?

David Jacobs

 

QUESTION #4B: Can you comment about the status of affordable housing?

Joe Accardi

 

Michael Peterson

 

Michael Yakubov

 

Michael Peterson (Additional Comments)

 

Joe Accardi (Additional Comments)

 

Michael Peterson (Additional Comments)

 

Michael Yakubov (Additional Comments)

 

David Jacobs (Additional Comments)

 

QUESTION #5: Mr. Jacobs, you have implied that Roselle Park should sue the Raritan Valley Sewage Authority (RVSA). What would the basis of that suit be and how would Roselle Park benefit from that?

David Jacobs

 

Michael Yakubov

 

Michael Peterson

 

Joe Accardi

 

Michael Peterson (Additional Comments)

 

Joe Accardi (Additional Comments)

 

QUESTION #6: What is your vision or view for the development and redevelopment of Roselle Park?

Joe Accardi

 

Michael Peterson

 

Michael Yakubov

 

David Jacobs

 

Joe Accardi (Additional Comments)

 

Michael Peterson (Additional Comments)

 

QUESTION #7: This past Monday, the Mayor & Council, Planning Board, and DOT spoke on the Westfield Avenue corridor. Are you for or against $1.6 million to dress up the roadway as expressed at that meeting?

Michael Peterson

 

Michael Yakubov

 

David Jacobs

 

Joe Accardi

 

QUESTION #8: Will our children ever get an opportunity to play ball on our Little League fields?

Michael Yakubov

 

David Jacobs

 

Joe Accardi

 

Michael Peterson

 

Michael Yakubov (Additional Comments)

 

David Jacobs (Additional Comments)

 

Michael Peterson (Additional Comments)

 

QUESTION #9: Mr. Peterson, Roselle residents did not want the shared services agreement to continue. Did you? Would you support turning our financial department over to the borough of Roselle for management?

Michael Peterson

 

Michael Yakubov

 

David Jacobs

 

Joe Accardi

 

QUESTION #10: Is there anything you can do as an elected local official to ease Roselle Park’s burden of state mandated costs?

Joe Accardi

 

David Jacobs

 

MIchael Yakubov

 

Michael Peterson

 

Michael Yakubov (Additional Comments)

 

Joe Accardi (Additional Comments)

 

QUESTION #11: Do you oppose or favor term limits?

Michael Yakubov

 

David Jacobs

 

Joe Accardi

 

Michael Peterson

 

QUESTION #12: Can you explain “control” of council and what it means to you and the residents of Roselle Park?

Michael Yakubov

 

Michael Peterson

 

Joe Accardi

 

David Jacobs

 

Michael Peterson (Additional Comments)

 

Joe Accardi (Additional Comments)

 

QUESTION #13: What are three (3) issues you plan on resolving should you win the election?

Michael Peterson

 

Joe Accardi

 

David Jacobs

 

Michael Yakubov

 

Michael Peterson (Additional Comments)

 

Joe Accardi (Additional Comments)

 

CLOSING STATEMENTS

David Jacobs

 

Michael Yakubov

 

Joe Accardi

 

Michael Peterson