The Hudson County Board of Commissioners again named Anthony Vainieri their chair for a record-tying 7th year in a row, only the second person to do so after Sal Vega held the post between 1999 and 2006.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
Vega, also a former West New York mayor and state assemblyman, held the county leadership post between 1999 and 2006 back when they were still known as freeholders, a term they used until January 1st, 2021.
The county commissioners convened for the first time in 2023 on Thursday and Anthony Romano (D-5) was again the vice chair, with Jerry Walker named chair pro-tempore – the same leadership team they’ve had since 2021.
“[Thursday] I was sworn is as the Chairperson of the Hudson County Board of Commissioners. This is the 7th year in a row and I’m proud and honored to serve the residents of Hudson County,” Vainieri, also the chair of the Hudson County Democrats, wrote in a Facebook post.
“I’d like to thank all my colleagues for their vote of confidence in me and special thank you to North Bergen Mayor Nick Sacco and Secaucus Mayor Mike Gonnelli for the support that they have always given me to represent their municipalities.”
Additionally, Walker was appointed as the counties designees to attend all meetings and conferences of the New Jersey Association of Counties for the year 2023.
Commissioner Fanny Cedeno (D-6) was named as their second voting alternate, while Hudson County Administrator Abe Antun had his nomination approved to be their alternate voting member.
All nine county commissioners are up for re-election this year and Vainieri, who could run for a North Bergen Board of Commissioners seat with Julio Marenco running for state Assembly and Frank Gargiulo likely to retire, hasn’t announced his plans yet.