Hoboken 1st Ward Councilwoman Terry Castellano, who was first elected in 1995, is seeking another term in office. Speaking with Hudson County View, she discussed her opponent Mike DeFusco, the NJ Transit Rail Yards, the Washington Street redevelopment and much more.Â
Castellano, who was first elected as part of â€œThe Turn the Tide Teamâ€ on May 9, 1995 – while her cousin Anthony Russo was mayor – said she is always prepared for election season at this point in her career, briefly touching on her opponent this time around: Mike DeFusco (who Hudson County View spoke with earlier this week).
Speaking inside her City Discount store at 207 Washington Street, Castellano said as far as issues affecting the 1st Ward goes, she agreed with DeFusco in that the NJ Transit Rail Yards should be a top priority, likening it to the development on the southern waterfront.
She also acknowledged that driving down Washington Street â€œis like a circus ride,â€ advising residents to take the back roads if possible while the major roadway is being redeveloped.
Hobokenâ€™s longest standing elected official also stated that garbage pick-up is another quality of life issue that needs to be improved, entertaining the fact that moving the municipal garage may be a good idea – though it will take some long term planning.
Furthermore, Castellano, also the cousin of 3rd Ward Councilman Mike Russo, said her family was always â€œservice-orientedâ€ and like DeFusco, used to serve on the zoning board – factors which contributed to her seeking office in the first place.
Finally, she concluded by stating she plans on running a positive campaign based on her track record.