Hoboken 1st Ward Council candidate Mike DeFusco says it’s time to “challenge the status quo” as he feels Councilwoman Terry Castellano has let things go “stagnant” after 21 years in office.
A five-year veteran of the Mile Square Cityâ€™s Zoning Board of Adjustment – who also works for a media company in the private sector – DeFusco said he considers his opponent to be â€œa very nice person,â€ she also represents a move in the wrong direction for “getting things doneâ€ after 21 years in office.
As fas as improvements go, DeFusco is pushing for a cleaner Washington Street, as well as more functioning street lights – for starters.
Furthermore, DeFusco is a rare independent candidate in Hoboken that doesnâ€™t have ties with either â€œthe New Guard,â€ often associated with Mayor Dawn Zimmer, or â€œThe Old Guard” – typically linked to Council members like Russo and Castellano. He explained his take on both sides.
Additionally, DeFusco spoke at length about the Hoboken Yard Redevelopment Plan, which includes the Hoboken Terminal and NJ Transit Rail Yards, encouraging ideas such as new restaurants and outdoor spaces that could rival the New Yorkâ€™s Chelsea Market or Hudson Eats.
He also stated that improving the roadways and open space at The Warrington Plaza is high on his priority list.
In response, Castellano told Hudson County View that sheâ€™s seeking re-election since “it gives me such great pleasure to give back to the city thatâ€™s gave me so much growing up,” adding that “I love this job.”
Castellano will be sitting down with Hudson County View to discuss her candidacy later this week.