Month: June 2017


And then there were seven…

Another native Hoboken resident has thrown his name into the ever growing pool of mayoral candidates. It’s Angelo Valente, an uptown resident who has ties and political connections to the Cunning family of Church Towers.

Angelo Valente seen here receiving a citation as Italian
Man of the Year with Hudson County officials in 2015
announced he’s running for Hoboken mayor.

Church Towers is the bastion of support for Third Ward Councilman Michael Russo and the Russo Clan. Does this constitute a split and further demarcation line crossed for the Old Guard as the so-called splintering effect takes hold in the Mile Square?

Yet to declare but rumored to be waiting in the wings with possible mayoral bids of their own are Council Mike Russo himself, developer Frank “Pupie” Raia and the notorious former councilwoman Beth Mason. Read More...


Horse Sense: Hoboken’s nonpartisan mayoral election

There, I said it. There’s been some fanciful talk about Hoboken’s mayoral election and its three at-large council seats and the recent venom floating in our land injected last weekend by a small coterie of millennial foaming, corruption fine, party first zombies.

Not theoretical, it was actually written, party first and corruption is okay when it comes under the party banner. The same corruption Reform members of all party affiliations and beliefs fought in hand to hand combat for a decade or more in Hoboken. Read More...


Video remarks of City Council President Jen Giattino’s entry into the Hoboken mayor’s race

This story comes courtesy of The Hudson County View.

Giattino’s announcement came one week after the incumbent Dawn Zimmer announced she would not be seeking re-election and endorsed Councilman-at-Large Ravi Bhalla to succeed her. The 6th ward councilwoman and third time council president promised to continue several initiatives begun by Zimmer, however taking a critical stance on fresh ideas that will progress the city further. In the same breath, Giattino, supported by Council members Tiffanie Fisher and Peter Cunningham laid out the city’s issues and major commitments she will confront as mayor.

Video courtesy of Katherine Guest and The Hudson County View.


Council President Jen Giattino: “I announce my candidacy for mayor of Hoboken”

Tonight, an overflowing crowd of 75 people stood near the corner of 4th and Bloomfield to see Council President Jen Giattino announce she’s running for Hoboken mayor.

The crowd exploded in sustained spontaneous applause on her entry from former BoE trustee Ruthy Tyroler’s home. In addition to a raucous crowd of supporters, Giattino was joined by her family and council member Peter Cunningham and Tiffanie Fisher. Also seen in attendance, former councilman Tim Occhipinti who was on hand to lend his support. Read More...


Grist for the Mill: Hoboken the envy of political junkies across NJ

The time for action is apparently now with Stick Romano doing a pivot and diving into Hoboken’s mayoral race at a steeper angle than a jet fighter sighting an enemy aircraft carrier.

Tora! Tora! Tora!

Later today, the Hoboken field is expected to see its City Council President Jen Giattino announce her entry into the mayoral sweepstakes bringing the total to four of the Mile Square City’s major election campaigns.

People are yet to catch their breath or see campaigns announce full council slates as the reverberations of Mayor Zimmer’s untimely exit announced last week has created a bad case of whiplash for Hoboken political observers. Read More...


Councilman Mike DeFusco comes out firing at Stick!

=&0=&=&1=& =&2=& =&3=& Questions Motivation and Commitment of Late Entry Into Race =&4=&In response to the announcement today by Freeholder Anthony “Stick” Romano that he will run for Mayor of Hoboken, 1st Ward Councilman and current Mayoral candidate Michael DeFusco issued the following statement: “Today we saw a Freeholder testing the waters with an announcement that sounded more like an exploratory committee than a legitimate bid for Mayor.  He spoke about commitment, yet proposes to run for both offices at the same time, expecting the people to wait while he decides which suits him best.  That’s not leadership, it’s duplicity and hypocrisy.  Every resident of Hoboken should be offended by his level of entitlement.” “We need a leader with an understanding of where we are, a vision for where we are going, and the dedication to get us there.  I’m emboldened as ever to continue my campaign of speaking to as many residents as possible about the important issues at hand so we can eliminate the political divides of the past for a unified and progressive future.”

Stick makes it official!

Anthony “Stick” Romano, the current county legislator freeholder and former BoE trustee and Hoboken Police Captain made it official today, he’s running for Hoboken mayor.

After last week’s stunning reversal where Mayor Zimmer dropped out of the race, the floodgates have been opened and as expected Romano becomes another major candidate to compete for the office.

Romano made an impassioned and emotional appeal in his remarks earlier today speaking of his connection to the community and acting as a link between government and the people. Read More...


Sources: City Council President Jen Giattino to toss hat in and run for Hoboken mayor


Hoboken councilwoman Jen Giattino, a three time and current City Council President will be making an announcement tomorrow night near fourth and Bloomfield St. at 7:30 pm.

Sources say she will throw her hat in the ring and vie to become Hoboken’s second female mayor.

City Council President
Jen Giattino

Giattino, the current City Council President learned early last week Mayor Dawn Zimmer reversed her decision in choosing not to pursue a third term. The mayor simultaneously offered her endorsement to Councilman Ravi Bhalla. Many in Hoboken were taken aback by the simultaneous announcements and to learn no consultative conversations took place with the Reform team members on the City Council. Read More...


HCV Sunday whispers: Stick announces mayoral run on Tuesday

Monday Update: Freeholder Anthony Romano makes his announcement to run for Hoboken mayor official Tuesday morning.

Sources suggest the announcement will take place outside Romano’s office on Washington St.

Romano will enter the race for Hoboken mayor with Councilman Mike DeFusco, Councilman Ravi Bhalla, local businesswoman Karen Nason and local activist Ronald Bautista previously announced.


According to a Sunday report on the Hudson County View, Freeholder Anthony “Stick” Romano will make it official on Tuesday he’s a candidate for Hoboken mayor. Read More...