Luaces resigns from Byram Township Council
Says new career endeavor is primary focus
By Thomas Bias
byram ‑ There was one less seat filled at the Byram Township Council meeting of Feb. 18.
Mayor James Oscovitch announced that Councilman Carlos Luaces had resigned effective immediately, saying that Luaces was taking a new turn in his career.
Luaces said this in a Feb. 19 emailed statement:
“I would like to inform you that I am resigning my seat on the Byram Township Council effective immediately. Being elected was an honor and it has been with immense pleasure I was able to serve the residents of Byram in this capacity. I've appreciated the support I received throughout my tenure but I am embarking on a new career endeavor and in order to make that my primary focus, I am unable to continue serving the people of Byram Township.”
Luaces, 37, was elected to the council in November 2011. He often disagreed with the mayor, township manager and the other council members on matters involving the budget and spending. He consistently spoke out against the threat of property tax increases. Most recently he was the sole dissenting vote on an ordinance to raise the spending cap.
Among his assignments on the council were liaison to the Health Department and the Recreation Committee.
In 2013, Luaces unsuccessfully challenged Oscovitch in Byram’s mayoral election. He was up for reelection in November 2015.
Oscovitch said that the council may appoint someone to fill the vacancy but that it was not required to.
A new council member will be chosen to fill the remainder of Luaces’s unexpired term in the November 2014 regular election, which will take place whether or not the council appoints someone to take the empty seat.
Giovanni Di Meo, who ran for the Council in 2013 on Luaces’s ticket, declined to speculate on whether he would run for Luaces’s council seat, saying that it was “much too early” for such decisions.
Luaces moved to Byram in 2007 and worked as a sales representative for Tilcon, the paving company which was awarded the contract for the widening of Route 206. He grew up in the Ironbound section of Newark, a community which has attracted immigrants from Spain and Portugal for many years. Luaces’s family came to this country from Spain.
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