‘Moms Leading Progress’ Hoboken BOE slate endorsed by Councilman Russo


The “Moms Leading Progress” Hoboken Board of Education slate that includes the board president, a trustee, and one former trustee, has been endorsed by 3rd Ward Councilman Mike Russo.

Photo courtesy of Hoboken 3rd Ward Councilman Mike Russo.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“I have full confidence and am proud to announce my full support for Mom’s Leading Progress (2-3-4). Sharyn Angley, Chetali Khanna, and Sheillah Dallara are well equipped to lead us into the future, overcoming the challenges ahead and bridging past divides to achieve our shared goals,” Russo said in an email blast on Wednesday.

“They have proven their dedication and commitment to our children over the past 10 years. I believe they are best positioned to continue to grow our public schools for the benefit of all Hoboken. By Tuesday November 7, please join me in voting for these incredible women! Mom’s Leading Progress! Vote 2-3-4!”

Dallara, who opted not to seek re-election last year after winning three-year terms in 2016 and 2019, will be running in place of Trustee Melanie Tekirian, who is coincidentally not running after two terms in office as well.

Angley, now the board president, and Khanna, now a trustee, ran unopposed in 2020 alongside Tekirian as the “Hoboken Together” team.

Perennial candidate Pat Waiters is the only other candidate in the race, running under the “Demanding Integrity Transparency” banner. While she remains on the ballot for the 2nd Ward council race, she has said she will focus on getting elected to the BOE.

The non-partisan BOE race, where the four candidates are seeking three, three-year terms on the board, is on the same day as the Ward council races where Russo faces a challenge from Republican data analyst Ed Reep.

Russo is expected to cruise to his sixth term, boasting $118,582.83 cash on hand, according to his October 12th New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (NJ ELEC) report, as only HCV reported.

The longest serving council member, Russo is widely viewed as a mayoral candidate in 2025.

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  1. Mike Russo was caught on tape agreeing to accept a bribe, and his dad was in jail for corruption. It only makes sense that he endorses School Board candidates that I believe share his values. Sharyn Angley led the school board when they kept a $300+ million high school proposal secret for 3 years, and protected a superintendent who lied about completing her doctorate degree. Chetali and Sheillah joined Angley and her clapping seals on the BOE for years in voting yes for everything. Russo is such an opportunist it is laughable. Just putting his finger in the wind to see which way the wind blows. People didn’t like the football stadium (high school) so he opposed it. Now he is backing a bunch of yuppie moms because he is afraid of Pat Waiters a strong black woman, and because he wants to be mayor.

    • Michael loves doing deez government dealz. He’s already drooling over how he can wet his beak with a $330 million Hoboken high school paid for with massive local tax increases.

      Russo: “That’s what government does; it subsidizes things.”