Observer: Councilman Mike Defusco a go for mayor; will see union backing

In a story released late afternoon, claims Councilman Mike DeFusco will be a candidate for mayor this fall going up against Mayor Dawn Zimmer.

Councilman Mike DeFusco will see union backing and run for mayor this fall
according to an story. DeFusco did not offer comment on the story.

The article claims the first term councilman has the backing of councilman Michael Russo and former councilman Tim Occhipinti.

In a phone interview just earlier, Tim Occhipinti said the article was in error and “Dawn Zimmer’s got my vote.” He praised her efforts running the city and the progress seen on infrastructure.

As for Councilman Mike DeFusco who he’s known back to his time on the council and DeFusco’s work on the zoning board as a commissioner, Occhipinti said he had not spoken to him about joining any potential ticket this November. “I’ve not had any conversation with Mike about running.”

Councilman Mike Russo was unavailable for comment due to a private family matter.

Councilman Mike Defusco was contacted and asked to comment on the article. No answer followed after an earlier text exchange for comment on the Observer article. If a comment does come, this story will be updated.

The Observer article references a poll taken earlier this year with sources close to the mayor admitting they commissioned it saying the mayor’s approval rating is over 70%.

Talking Ed Note: The Observer updated their story correcting the claim about former Councilman Tim Occhipinti’s as cited here.

Update: One source unaffiliated with City Hall threw further water on some of the claims in the article saying the timing of the unions coming out against Mayor Zimmer is suspect. They further questioned the validity of the article as a result.

Councilman Mike DeFusco did respond and it’s available in a new story here:

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