Former two-term Hoboken Mayor Anthony Russo, the father of 3rd Ward Councilman Mike Russo, passed away this morning at 74 years old.
By John Heinis/Hudson County
Russo was first elected mayor in 1993 and then re-elected in 1997. He sought a third term in 2001, but was bested by then-Councilman Dave Roberts.
He was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2000 and while surgery to remove a tumor was successful, he was again diagnosed with cancer in 2001 and 2003.
While he won a special election for the 3rd Ward council seat in 2003, the seat currently occupied by his son, he had to resign due to health reasons.
“Went for a long walk today and enjoyed an early meal on the waterfront. Mayor Russo says hi to all!! He enjoyed seeing the bustling city that he loves and watching all enjoy what he started in the mid 90’s, Hoboken’s rebirth,” Councilman Mike Russo wrote on Facebook last month.
He is survived by his sons Michael, Nicky, and Anthony, Jr.
“Mayor Russo was a larger than life figure who was beloved by his family, friends and community. His contributions to Hoboken were many, including the revitalization of our waterfront, an effort that continues to this day,” Mayor Ravi Bhalla said in a statement.
“Hoboken is the great place it is today in large part thanks to his vision for our City, and his memory will live on for generations to come. My sincere condolences are with the entire Russo family for their loss.”
Additionally, the City of Hoboken will fly all municipal flags at half-staff for one week starting tomorrow in honor of Russo’s passing.
Editor’s note: This story was updated with a comment from Mayor Ravi Bhalla.