The “Sires Team for West New York” called a clean sweep at Las Palmas just minutes ago, allowing former Congressman Albio Sires to be poised to become mayor again.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
While the breakdowns on the voting machines were relatively close (about 12 percent to eight percent), Sires and his four running mates commanded an over 2-to-1 margin lead on vote-by-mail ballots and early voting tallies, buoying them to break 60 percent.
“First of all, let me thank you for all your hard work: you were terrific day in and day out, I appreciate your effort, and we’re gonna move West New York forward with your help,” Sires said at his victory party.
He thanked state Senator Brian Stack (D-33), also the Union City mayor who routinely sent a robust campaign team into town, which will be part of his district again come January. He is on the ballot in the June 6th primary, though he doesn’t have an opponent.
“You know what we did with this win? We solidified West New York and Weehawken for Brian Stack!” he said to loud applause and cheers.
“And we’ll throw in Weehawken with it,” he joked. Weehawken Mayor Richard Turner, Sires’ right hand man for decades, was also in attendance, as was Hudson County executive candidate Craig Guy and Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis.
Sires, also a former state Assembly speaker, raised over $200,000 and received donations from a number of high-profile places, including two super PACs linked to Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop, now a declared candidate for governor.
A former colleague in Washington, D.C., U.S. Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-5), also a rumored candidate for governor, as well as the Middlesex County Democratic Organization, also helped down the stretch.
The mayor between 1995 and 2006, Sires will be joined on the board of commissioners with Victor Barrera, Adam Parkinson, Marielka Diaz, and Marcos Arroyo.
Public Affairs Commissioner Cosmo Cirillo managed to raise six figures and run a spirited contest, but was unable to overcome Sires’ support from the Hudson County Democratic Organization and other statewide Dems including Gov. Phil Murphy (D) and New Jersey Democratic State Committee Chair LeRoy Jones.
Editor’s note: News correspondent Daniel Ulloa contributed to this report.