Hudson freeholders may only meet remotely next week after Cedeno tests positive for COVID-19

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The Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders may only meet remotely next week after Union City representative Fanny Cedeno (D-6) tested positive for COVID-19.

Union City Freeholder Fanny Cedeno (D-6). Facebook photo.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Freeholder Chair Anthony Vanieri (D-8) said that he had wished Cedeno a speedy recovery and had already begun having discussions with his colleagues to convene next week’s Tuesday caucus and regular Thursday session remote only as a precautionary measure.

The freeholders met at chambers on September 10th, where Cedeno was present. Freeholders Al Cifelli (D-9), Caridad Rodriguez (D-7), and Jerry Walker (D-3) did not attend that meeting.

Other sources familiar with the situation, who declined to speak on the record, said that plans were already underway to have county workers tested for the coronavirus and that chambers, along with related offices, will be sanitized.

Cedeno, an aide to state Senator (D-33)/Union City Mayor Brian Stack in both of his capacities, is believed to be one of several City Hall workers that was recently diagnosed with COVID-19, though further details were not immediately available.

She could not be reached for comment on Friday, while a Union City spokeswoman did not return an email seeking comment on recent diagnoses and coronavirus protocols.

Appointed freeholder in January, replacing Tilo Rivas, Cedeno was the freeholder who won by the widest margin in the July 7th primary, and like the rest of her colleagues who were on the ballot, is a shoe in to be elected to her post on November 3rd.