Hoboken Board of Education trustee Peter Biancamano officially launched his Ward 2 Council campaign at a fundraiser at Lola’s Tapas Bar on Thursday evening.
Inside the basement of Lolaâ€™s on Thursday night, Hoboken Freeholder Anthony Romano (D-5) stressed that â€œevery vote is importantâ€ and â€œthis is a war,â€ further stating in Spanish everyone needs to help fundraise and knock on doors.
He also touted Biancamanoâ€™s track record before the candidate addressed his supporters.
Biancamano added that leaving the school board was â€œthe toughest decision I had to makeâ€ when considering a Ward 2 Council run, but reiterated that he feels the school district is stable now.
He also said that he had no ill will towards opponent Brian Murray, a former unsuccessful BOE candidate and the husband of Bonnie Murray (one of his opponents for November 3) – even though Brian Murray called for his resignation at this monthâ€™s BOE meeting.
Finally, Biancamano expressed an interest in completing the construction of Legion Park, located near the intersection of 12th and Willow Streets, and finding a resolution to the controversial Monarch project.
Biancamano’s campaign will be run by Pablo Fonseca, a veteran political operative who recently resigned as West New York spokesman.
The Ward 2 Council race is a three-way dance this time around, as Biancamano and Murray will also be challenged by the Mayor Dawn Zimmer-endorsed Tiffanie Fisher – a member of the city’s zoning board.
Incumbent Beth Mason announced late last month that she would not be seeking re-election.
1st Ward Councilwoman Terry Castellano, 3rd Ward Councilman Mike Russo, Elysian Charter School Board President Eduardo Gonzalez and Assemblyman Carmelo Garcia (D-33) were a few of the officials spotted at the event.