Freeholders Tilo Rivas (D-6) and Anthony Vainieri (D-8) were elected chairman and vice chairman, respectively, by the Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders last night, as Hudson County View accurately predicted.
Rivas, also the Union City Commissioner of the Department of Public Works, was sworn in by Mayor/state Senator Brian Stack (D-33), while Vainieri was sworn in by Hudson County Sheriff Frank Schillari.
Additionally, Jersey City Freeholder Bill O’Dea (D-2) was made the chairman pro tempore of the board.
Rivas, Vainieri and O’Dea all gave thanks for being given the opportunity to help lead the freeholders, offering some praise for last year’s chair, Jersey City Freeholder E. Junior Maldonado (D-4).
Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise gave his stamp of approval on the job Maldonado did as chair as well before also applauding the selection of Rivas as his successor.
Finally, Maldonado took a moment to address the praise from his colleagues, receiving a standing ovation after his remarks.