North Bergen Mayor Nick Sacco and his slate submitted over 8,300 petitions of nomination per candidate, for a total 41,500, to the Township Clerk’s Office earlier this afternoon, far more then the 361 required per candidate.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“I am once again humbled by the overwhelming support we’ve received from our incredible community. That we were able to gather so many petition signatures in such a short amount of time clearly demonstrates that the work we are doing is resonating with the residents of North Bergen,” Sacco, also the state senator of the 32nd Legislative District, said in a statement.
“I am extremely grateful to all of the volunteers and supporters who helped make this accomplishment possible and I thank them all from the bottom of my heart.”
Sacco was joined in the Township Hall Commissioner Chambers to announce the total, along with his running mates and fellow incumbents Commissioners Hugo Cabrera and Allen Pascual.
Joining their team this year are Hudson County Democratic Organization Chair Anthony Vainieri and Board of Education Trustee Claudia Rodriguez.
Vainieri, also the chair of the county board of commissioners, is replacing retiring Department of Public Works Commissioner Frank Gargiulo, while Rodriguez is looking to succeed Revenue and Finance Commissioner Julio Marenco – who is an Assembly candidate backed by the HCDO in the 33rd Legislative District.
Gargiulo, who is serving as the Team Sacco campaign manager, and Marenco were also in attendance.
One of the longest serving elected officials in the state, Sacco was first elected as a township commissioner in 1985, making this his 11th bid for municipal office overall.
Larry Wainstein is taking on Sacco for the third consecutive race and is running with two former allies and two newcomers: Alcides Siri, who has been on his slate all three times, and Franklin Fabre, who was a part of the team in 2019.
They are joined by first time candidates Lucy Rodriguez and Tony Parrales.