Barberio, Ferrara, Shah Kicks off Campaign at Parsippany Sheraton

Parsippany-Troy Hills Mayor James Barberio officially kicks off his re-election campaign at the Parsippany Sheraton Hotel Thursday evening.

Former Mayor Joseph Weisberg opened the ceremonies with endorsements from 26th District state Senator Joseph Pennaccchio, Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce and Assemblyman Jay Webber.

A crowd of Parsippany township employees, supporters and dignitaries lend their support as Barberio announced a campaign ticket which includes, Council Vice President Vincent Ferrara and Milin Shah.

“Our campaign theme is all about moving Parsippany forward,” said Barberio.

The three will face the opposing team, Parsippany’s Future, during the June 4 primary election. Parsippany’s Future team includes Mayoral candidate Paul Carifi, Jr., and Council candidates Robert Peluso and Lou Valori.

Milin Shah, who ran as democrat in the 2007 council race, against Barberio, said “his move from the Democratic to the Republican party, where he said his values align, and how he has been a Barberio supporter since 2009.”

Ferrara earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Language Studies and a Master’s Degree in Education from Seton Hall University. He taught Italian at Seton Hall Preparatory School and later began his professional career in the hospitality industry, owning and managing full-service restaurants. Vincent currently works in sales and marketing.

Ferrara lives in Parsippany with his wife, Ann Marie and two children. They are members of St. Peter the Apostle Church. A former Planning Board member, Vincent volunteers as a coach for the Parsippany Soccer Club, is a proud member of the Sons of Italy and serves on the Republican Municipal Committee. He is also a member of the Parsippany Republican Club and Rockaway Meadow PTA, and volunteers his time to many Parsippany-based organizations and fundraisers.

Shah, 25, stated on a Facebook post, “I’ve grown and matured quite a bit since my last campaign in 2007 for Council. Currently, I am pursuing my Juris Doctorate as a night student at Seton Hall University’s School of Law, where I have maintained a top-10 class rank.”

His campaign is about bringing a fresh perspective to the Township Council. He wants to be a voice for all the Parsippany residents. As an outsider, I have the opportunity to challenge the status quo. I can stand up and say, “The way it’s always been done is not good enough anymore.”

If elected, his immediate priorities will be to 1) increase revenues for the Township, 2) cut unnecessary costs and expenses, 3) be accessible and available to listen to feedback from as many members of our community as possible, 4) generate small business growth in the Township, and 5) always put Parsippany and the residents first.

Professionally, he works in Manhattan for Earthbound LLC – a leading direct-to-retail and intellectual property licensing company. He heads Earthbound’s licensing division and leverage his client’s intellectual property rights to generate new streams of revenue.

Barberio’s seat for Mayor is up for election, and Council Members Ferrara and Jonathan Nelson are also up for election in the November General Election. Nelson, a democrat, was elected this past November to fill the seat vacated by John Cesaro, now a Morris County Freeholder. Ferrara was appointed, in January 2011, to fill the seat vacated by Ann Grossi, also now a Morris County Freeholder, and then he was elected in November 2011 to permanently fill the unexpired term.

The primary will be held on June 4. Filing deadline for candidates is 4:00 p.m. on Monday, April 1.