West New York elected officials in charge of getting the vote out for the Column A ticket tomorrow, spearheaded by U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), hosted a rally on Bergenline Avenue yesterday afternoon.
“We’re here supporting the Hudson County Democratic Organization. We’re all West New York residents making sure that West New York is truly represented for Democratic values and proven leadership,” stated Public Affairs Commissioner Cosmo Cirillo.
“We’re supporting our great Senator: Robert Menendez, our Congressman Albio Sires, our Assemblyman Pedro Mejia, and all of our quality, Democratic candidates on Column A in four and five: these are people that really represent each of the districts here in West New York and those are the people that represent Democratic values that we hold true as elected officials.”
Cirillo was joined on the corner of 60th Street and Bergenline Avenue by Mejia, Assemblywoman Angelica Jimenez (D-32), fellow commissioners Margarita Guzman and Gabriel Rodriguez, as well as a group of about 60 supporters – many who will be on the ballot tomorrow.
“This is about our neighborhoods, our friends, our committee people. The people that really represent us in West New York,” Guzman added.
Along with the aid of U.S. Rep. Albio Sires (D-8), a former West New York mayor, the Column A team will face an aggressive challenge led by state Senator (D-32)/Union City Mayor Brian Stack and Mayor Felix Roque.
While Roque believes tomorrow’s showdown at the polls is just “a skirmish,” the Column A team generally views it another way: a pivotal moment in keeping outside interests away from their town.
“I think all we should say are Column A are real Democrats supported by real West New Yorkers. And that’s what this is all about, it’s about representing West New York,” Cirillo said when questioned about Stack’s involvement in the race.
Jimenez was far less subtle with her response.
“Senator Stack: stick to your district. That’s the 33rd district, not the 32nd district,” she exclaimed.
The polls are open from 6 a.m. until 8 p.m. tomorrow and most onlookers will be eagerly awaiting the results in West New York, since the winning team will play a major role in who the next HCDO chair will be (Stack is challenging Jersey City Board of Education Trustee Amy DeGise on June 12th).