With no opposition in sight for the time being, Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders Chair Anthony Vainieri (D-8) kicked off his re-election bid by packing out the Waterside Restaurant in North Bergen last night.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“We had a very successful kickoff event last night with over 600 people. I want to thank everyone that came and those that sent in contributions that couldn’t make it,” Vainieri told HCV this afternoon.
“Special thank you to my mayor, Nick Sacco, all the commissioners, and the many elected officials that took the time out of their busy schedules to show their support. I look forward to campaigning again and meeting all the residents over the next several months.”
Vainieri is seeking his third term in November, but will first be on the ballot for the June 2nd Democratic primary, where no one has expressed their intent to challenge him thus far.
Last month, his colleagues on the freeholder board appointed him chairman for his fourth consecutive term.
Dignitaries in attendance included County Executive Tom DeGise, Sheriff Frank Schillari, HCDO Chair Amy DeGise, Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis, East Newark Mayor Dina Grilo, Kearny Mayor Al Santos, Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop, West New York Mayor Gabriel Rodriguez, Weehawken Mayor Richard Turner, Freeholders Kenny Kopacz (D-1), Anthony Romano (D-5), and Caridad Rodriguez (D-7), Hoboken 2nd Ward Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher, West New York Commissioners Cosmo Cirillo and Margarita Guzman, West New York BOE Trustees David Morel and Jonathan Castaneda (also the town’s business administrator), former West New York Mayor Sal Vega, among many others.