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Posted: Wednesday, 05 November 2008 5:59AM

Alex Blanco Elected Mayor of Passaic

PASSAIC, NJ (AP)  -- Alex Blanco has won the race for mayor in Passaic.

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He was elected to complete the unexpired term of former Mayor Samuel Rivera, who resigned earlier this year after pleading guilty to attempted extortion.

Rivera is serving a 21-month sentence in federal prison for his role in a corruption scheme that netted 11 public officials - including members of the Passaic City Council - and a private citizen.

A member of the Passaic Board of Education, Blanco received roughly 28 percent of the 13,769 votes cast.

Also vying for Rivera's seat in the non-partisan election were Vincent Capuana, president of the school board and the head of the city's housing inspection department; real estate developer Jose Sandoval; City Councilman Joe Garcia, and bail bondsman Carl Ellen.

Gary Schaer, city council president, has served as acting mayor since May.

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