After trading heavy shots with their political rivals Larry Wainstein and Commissioner Count Wiley, respectively, North Bergen Mayor Nick Sacco and West New York Mayor Felix Roque each pulled off a clean sweep during Tuesday’s municipal elections.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
Despite an aggressive, high-pressure attack from Wainstein, Sacco – who has been in elected office in North Bergen since 1985 – once again managed to win unanimously on Election Day.
The voters of North Bergen also re-elected Commissioners Alan Pascual, Hugo Cabrera and Frank Gargiulo, with Board of Education President Julio Marenco also joining the mix this time around.
In unofficial counts that do not include vote by mail or provisional ballots, Sacco received 8,237 votes to Wainstein’s 4,287. Independent candidate Henry Marrero received 580 votes. “Tonight’s results speak for themselves,” Sacco said in a statement.
“They show that North Bergen voters believe in our record of stable taxes and excellent services and our positive vision for the town’s future. Voters have strongly rejected Larry Wainstein and his campaign of lies, race-baiting and hatred for North Bergen.”
Earlier in the day, Sacco called this race the most vicious one he’s been involved with.
Roque, who insisted that Wiley got into a scuffle with his son this morning, has a brand new slate compared to the one he won with in 2011 – which included Wiley.
Also joining Roque in the winners circle are Commissioners Cosmo Cirillo and Gabriel Rodriguez, as well as newcomers Susan Colacurcio and Margarita Guzman.