Hoboken mayoral hopeful DeFusco names Impastato as 2nd council candidate

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Hoboken mayoral hopeful Mike DeFusco, also the 1st Ward councilman, has named basketball coach Andrew Impastato as the second council candidate on his ticket.

Hoboken mayoral hopeful Mike DeFusco (left), the 1st Ward councilman, has named basketball coach Andrew Impastato as the second council candidate on his ticket. Photo courtesy of the DeFusco campaign.
Hoboken mayoral hopeful Mike DeFusco (left), the 1st Ward councilman, has named basketball coach Andrew Impastato as the second council candidate on his ticket. Photo courtesy of the DeFusco campaign.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“As a former basketball player and now as a coach, I know something about teamwork. When I left Wall Street, I started a recreational basketball league in Hoboken and realized the need for more athletic space,” Impastato said in a statement.

“I’ve also pushed to ease the parking crunch by developing an app and have spoken with out against back-door parking taxes used to fill budget gaps.”

Impastato currently coaches at Hudson Catholic High School and developed “The Parking Dude” app which informs users of parking regulations in Hoboken – they currently have over 5,000 subscribers.

DeFusco, one of the first declared mayoral challengers in the November 7 municipal election, previously announced Michael Flett as one of his running mates and received the endorsement of Assemblyman Reed Gusciora (D-15) yesterday.

He potentially faces off with the likes of Council President Jen Giattino, Councilman-at-Large Ravi Bhalla, Freeholder Anthony Romano (D-5), former Councilman Angelo Valente, business owner Karen Nason, local activist Ronald Bautista and perennial candidate Pat Waiters.