When all the smoke settled in Hoboken, four out of five of Mayor Dawn Zimmer’s endorsed candidates captured spots on the City Council, including newcomers Mike DeFusco and Tiffanie Fisher.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
In arguably the biggest upset of the night, DeFusco defeated Ward 1 Councilwoman Teresa Castellano, a 21-year incumbent who was rarely taken into deep waters at the polls.
However, a relentless campaign about Ward specific issues, along with the backing of Zimmer and Assembly-elect Annette Chaparro (D-33), paid huge dividends for the member of the city’s zoning board of adjustment.
In Ward 2, which was a three-way race where Councilwoman Beth Mason opted not to seek re-election, Tiffanie Fisher bested school board trustee Peter Biancamano by 147 votes in what was expected to be a tight race.
Bonnie Murray also took just over 10 percent of the vote in the ward.
Michael Russo cruised to an uncontested victory in Ward 3, while former Assemblyman and Councilman Ruben Ramos took the 4th Ward race by a nearly 3-to-1 margin.
Councilman Tim Occhipinti finished in third place, with Hoboken Housing Authority Chair Dana Wefer edging him out by 57 votes.
Additionally, Ward 5 Councilman Peter Cunningham unexpectedly crushed opponent Eduardo Gonzalez (844 to 527) in what was expected to be a closely contested affair.
Finally, Ward 6 Councilwoman Jen Giattino definitively defeated outgoing Assemblyman Carmelo Garcia (D-33) by 207 votes. Garcia had a strong street presence throughout the day, but was unable to hold pace at the polls.