Anthony Vainieri was officially sworn in by North Bergen Mayor and State Senator (D-33) Nick Sacco as a Hudson County Freeholder representing the 8th District in a ceremony held shortly after midnight on New Year’s Eve.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
Vainieri, who soundly won the Democratic Primary election in June and then steamrolled the competition in November, will now officially represent North Bergen and parts of Jersey City and Secaucus at the county level.
He was joined at the ceremony by his children Anthony and Antonia, as well as hundreds of friends and supporters who packed North Bergen’s Waterside Restaurant for a unique swearing-in ceremony/New Year’s Eve party.
“I take an enormous amount of pride in being sworn-in as a Freeholder representing my home town and all the many friends, family and supporters I will now have the privilege to serve,” Vainieri said in a statement.
“I would like to thank my family and friends for their amazing support, and I am especially grateful to Mayor Nick Sacco for not only conducting the ceremony, but for his incredible support and mentorship over the years. I will work tirelessly as a Freeholder to justify the faith and trust that has been placed in me and I will not let the residents of North Bergen, Jersey City and Secaucus down.”
Vainieri has served as Chief of Staff to Sacco’s Chief of Staff in North Bergen, a member of the Hudson County Schools of Technology Board of Education, a member of the North Bergen Zoning Board, among various other positions.
He is also the co-owner and manager of the Vainieri Funeral Home in North Bergen and comes from a family with deep roots in public service.
Anthony’s father, Anthony Vainieri Sr., served as a State Assemblyman and member of the North Bergen Board of Commissioners, while his sister Valerie Vainieri-Huttle is a current member of the Assembly representing District 37.
Furthermore, his brother-in-law Frank Huttle is Mayor of Englewood. Vainieri succeeds Freeholder Thomas Liggio, who retired last year after over 30 years in elected office.
Vainieri’s swearing-in was attended by dozens of elected officials and politicos from Hudson County, including Sacco, North Bergen Commissioners Hugo Cabrera and Allen Pascual, Freeholder Anthony Romano (D-5), HCST Board member and Deputy Chief of Staff to Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise, Craig Guy, North Bergen Board of Education President Julio Marenco, and many more.