Weehawken mayor takes on ALS ice-bucket challenge

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Everyone from athletes, celebrities and even a usually hot-tempered New Jersey Governor Chris Christie seem to be posting ALS “ice bucket” challenge videos on social media and now a Hudson County mayor’s name can now be added to the very long list of participants.

Weehawken Township Government Facebook Page

By Sarah Introna/Hudson County View

Weehawken Mayor Richard Turner accepted to have a pail of ice water dumped on top of his head to raise awareness of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

In the video, Mayor Turner’s wife and daughter each unloaded a bucket of water filled with ice over the mayor’s head at Louisa Park on J F Kennedy Blvd East.

The viral fundraising fad has made a huge impact. The ALS Association announced donations since July 29 have hit $11.4 million compared to the $1.7 million that was raised last year in the same time period.

As per the rules, Mayor Turner challenged Raul Gonzalez, a social worker  in Weehawken and at the North Hudson Community Action Center, Weehawken School Board President Richard Barsa and Assistant Township Manager Giovanni Ahmad to keep the chain going within the next 24 hours or contribute $100 to the ALS Association.

They all accepted. You can find their videos on the Weehawken Township Government Facebook Page.