PARSIPPANY — Paul Carifi, Jr. officially announced his candidacy for the Republican Party’s nomination to run for the Parsippany-Troy Hills township council for a second term. Carifi also introduced Parsippany residents and running mates Aida Visakay and John Beehler for the Tuesday, June 2 primary to a large crowd of supporters at a March 5 event at il Villaggio Restaurant in Morris Plains.
In attendance and supporting the candidates were Freeholders Dave Scarpichio, Doug Cabana, John Krickus and Tom Mastrangelo, Freeholder Candidate Debra Smith, Council Vice President Robert Peluso and Councilman Lou Valori. Also attending was Sedgefield Civic Association President Carlos Guzman.
“This election is all about putting Parsippany residents first and putting a stop to skyrocketing legal bills and wasteful spending while increasing efficiencies in our local government. This past budget season, I was able to save the township $1.2 million in spending and held the line on tax increases. But more work needs to be done, and more council support for fiscal restraint than what we have is critical,” said Carifi. “I am proud and honored to be running on with a team who is dedicated to providing tax relief to our residents while protecting their services and focused on stopping Town Hall’s current state of mismanagement and reckless spending.”
Carifi is a 41-year Parsippany resident and a father of two who currently serves as the Council President since 2014. He is a retired sergeant of the Morris County Sheriff’s Office and a Parsippany Republican Committeeman who has volunteered for many community programs.
Council candidate Aida Visakay is a 24-year Parsippany resident and 23-year Parsippany business owner who speaks three languages fluently (English, Spanish and Italian). Currently, she serves as Vice President of Employee Benefits at AxisPointe in Parsippany and was named New Jersey’s “Best 50 Women in Business” by NJBIZ magazine in 2013. Visakay is married with two grown children who attended school in the Parsippany School District.
“We need to change our approach on how this township does business and plan for a better, more efficient and transparent Parsippany. The exorbitant spending currently going on in Parsippany will only stop if township voters elect more Council people who will be responsible stewards of township dollars and direct Town Hall to be more accountable to its citizens,” said Visakay. “I have the business skills to serve the township well in enhancing municipal productivity from current resources while reigning in on the needless spending. Our team will be a great voice for all residents and taxpayers.”
Council candidate John Beehler, 15-year resident of Parsippany, is corporate professional with more than 20 years’ experience managing sale teams and interfacing with state and local government entities. He is a member of the Parsippany-Troy Hills Economic Development Advisory Committee and co-founder, past trustee and treasurer for the local group, Citizens for Health, Safety and Welfare. Beehler is married with two children who attend schools in the Parsippany School District.
“I will work hard to ensure the township’s limited financial resources are put toward the best use for our residents, promote Parsippany more as a place to be for business, decrease the number of vacant buildings in our township which will result in more jobs for our residents,” said Beehler. “I have the vast business experience and desire to effectively scrutinize where our tax dollars are going and ensure township funds are spent well for the residents.“