Hoboken councilman David Mello joins Romano ticket

first_img ×David Mello David Mello HOBOKEN–Councilman at-Large David Mello and Hudson County Freeholder and Mayoral candidate Anthony Romano announced Monday morning that Mello will be a council candidates on Romano’s slate.There are three council-at-large seats up for grabs in the November municipal election, in which the city will also elect a new mayor.Mello joins hoboken resident Laini Hammond on Romano’s ticket, leaving just one seat to be filled.In a video announcement, Romano said Mello is an “integral part of the successes that Hoboken has achieved over the past year.”“It’s an absolute pleasure to be joining this slate,” said Mello. “For the city of Hoboken, I think Anthony Romano, in 2017, is the mayor of Hoboken the people of Hoboken really need.”“He has a wonderful, proven record of dealing well with outside parties,” he added. “There are so many outside parties that are at the key to so many issues that are at the forefront of Hoboken and its citizenry today: whether it be Suez Water, New Jersey Transit, the county, the state or federal governments.”Mello has served on the council for the past eight years and is currently a public school teacher in Jersey City. According to reports, in 2015, as council vice president, he spoke out against the Board of Chosen Freeholders for a county tax hike.At the time, Freeholders Romano and Bill O’Dea said they had fought against the tax hikes.That makes four council people who were allied with current Mayor Dawn Zimmer now running on separate tickets, potentially splitting the Zimmer-allied vote. Zimmer herself publicly backed Councilman Ravi Bhalla when she announced she was dropping out — without previously soliciting input from the rest of the council. This has stoked some frustration among her supporters.For more on the race, see this weekend’s Hoboken Reporter newspaper.last_img read more