North Bergen mayoral hopeful Larry Wainstein, in his third bid for office since 2015, is revealing his board of commissioners slate on the day of the filing deadline.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“I’m proud to introduce my running mates. Our team will always put North Bergen first and focus on the issues that are important to our community,” Wainstein said in a statement.
“We look forward to a spirited campaign and to discussing our plan to help make North Bergen an even better place to live and raise a family.”
Wainstein’s four running mates this time around are Lucy Rodriguez, Tony Parrales, Alcides Siri, and Franklin Fabre. Siri has been on his slate all three times, while Fabre was one of his running mates in 2019.
Rodriguez, a family support specialist with Catholic Charities, and Parrales, a retired shop steward for Teamsters Local 560, are making their first bids for public office.
While he lost to Sacco by a margin of about 67-33 in 2015 and then roughly 69-31 in 2019, Wainstein announced he’d be running again back in December.
Sacco, making his 11th bid for municipal office, announced that Hudson County Democratic Organization Chair Anthony Vainieri and Board of Education Trustee Claudia Rodriguez would be joining is ticket last month, as HCV first reported.
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.
The non-partisan North Bergen municipal elections are on May 9th and the filing deadline is today at 4 p.m., with the Sacco team expected to hand in their petitions early this afternoon.