West New York Public Affairs Commissioner Cosmo Cirillo is calling on the Hudson County Board of Elections to place an early polling location on the waterfront.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“We have an entire group of residents who have been underrepresented and disenfranchised from voting because there are no polling places accessible in their community. I’m calling on the board of elections to fix that issue,” Cirillo said in a statement.
A two-term commissioner and mayoral hopeful heading the “West New York Forward” ticket, Cirillo added that such an effort would increase voter turnout for a neighborhood that has not regularly had their voices heard in municipal elections.
The West New York Board of Commissioners unanimously approved (5-0) a measure at last night’s meeting to have early voting at two locations to be determined on May 5th, 6th, and 7th.
The non-partisan West New York municipal elections are on May 9th, where Cirillo and his slate will take on the “Sires Team for West New York” led by Albio Sires, a former congressman, assembly speaker, and mayor.
Hudson County Board of Elections Clerk Michael Harper said this evening that they would follow the commissioners’ lead on where the two early voting locations would be.
Editor’s note: This story was updated with new information.