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Mandate for new borough mayor: Sizable margin grants political capital, but public divided on air issues

News-Miner opinion: With a sizeable margin of victory in a municipal election with turnout far higher than usual, Borough Mayor-elect Karl Kassel will have a substantial mandate to pursue his goals once he is sworn in at the end of the month. On one of the issues most important to borough residents, on the other hand, it appears the message is more muted. The narrow margin of failure for Proposition 1 — the measure that would have restricted air quality complaints and regulation of heating devices in the borough’s pollution non-attainment area — means that the new mayor and assembly will have to strike a balance on the issue.

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