The Sacco Team re-election campaign has released its first cable television ad of the 2015 Municipal Election, called "Looking Good." The positive spot details all the ways Mayor Nick Sacco and his team have improved the township, touching on its clean, safe streets and stable property taxes before delving into topics such as education, economic development and diversity. The ad is running now on cable television and online and can be viewed below:
"North Bergen has truly never looked better and it is all thanks to Mayor Nick Sacco and the Sacco Team," said Paul Swibinski, whose firm Vision Media produced the ad. "Whether it's the township's outstanding public schools, booming recreation programs or stable taxes with a zero percent tax increase 2015 budget, the choice is clear for North Bergen -- four more years of the Sacco Team."
Mayor Nick Sacco is announcing his support for the "Our Children First 2015" ticket for the upcoming North Bergen Board of Education Election, featuring longtime Board Trustee Ruth Shaw and newcomers Sam Jaafar and Claudia Rodriguez. Shaw, Jaafar and Rodriguez will be running in the April 21 School Board election in ballot positions 4, 9 and 11. The ticket includes two women and the first Arab-American candidate for local office.
"This School Board ticket represents the diversity that makes North Bergen such a dynamic place and it features three candidates with strong ties to our community who care deeply about public education," said Mayor Sacco. "I am proud to support Ruth, Sam and Claudia and look forward to working with them."Read more
Mayor Nick Sacco and his team kicked off their campaign with a massive show of support last night at their Re-Election Kickoff Rally. Well over 1,200 supporters packed the Schuetzen Park Catering Hall in North
Bergen, along with political leaders from Hudson County and throughout the state all together for one reason -- to show their support for Four More Years of the Sacco Team. Mayor Sacco and his Commission Team of Hugo Cabrera, Frank Gargiulo, Allen Pascual and Julio Marenco were cheered wildly by the enormous crowd of North Bergen residents and supporters and will now begin their door-to-door campaign from now right up until May 12.
"This rally was packed from wall to wall and the outpouring of support we received from so many friends and neighbors who see the progress our community has made and the bright future ahead was truly inspiring," said Mayor Sacco. "I would like to thank everyone who attended for their support and make them a promise that we will work harder than ever to earn every vote we can here in North Bergen and roll to victory on May 12."
In addition to the Sacco Team, the event was attended by political leaders from throughout Hudson County and New Jersey. They
included Congressman Albio Sires, Union City Mayor and State Senator Brian Stack, Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop, Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise, Freeholder Anthony Vainieri, Freeholder Chairman Anthony "Stick" Romano, Freeholder Ken Kopacz, Assemblywoman Angelica Jimenez, Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis, West New York Mayor Felix Roque, Weehawken Mayor Richard Turner, Secaucus Mayor Mike Gonnelli, New Jersey Democratic Chairman John Currie, Bergen County Democratic Chairman Lou Stellato, Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo's Chief of Staff Phil Alagia and many more.Read more
Mayor Nick Sacco has announced that Board of Education President Julio Marenco will be joining his ticket in the upcoming May municipal election. Marenco, a North Bergen resident for over 25 years, is an appointed Associate Member of the State Parole Board, holds a Juris Doctorate degree from Seton Hall University School of Law and works as an Adjunct Professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Marenco will be running for the seat that will be vacated by Public Safety Commissioner Theresa Ferraro, who announced her retirement at the end of her current term onFriday. He will be joined on the ticket by Mayor Sacco and incumbent Commissioners Hugo Cabrera, Frank Gargiulo and Allen Pascual, which makes the slate majority Hispanic for the first time.
After a groundbreaking, illustrious career serving the people of North Bergen, Commissioner Theresa Ferraro is announcing today that she will not seek re-election this year and plans to retire from elected office at the conclusion of her current term. The first woman elected as a township commissioner in 1999, Ferraro has presided over the North Bergen Police Department as Public Safety Commissioner and watched it grow into one of the most effective and diverse police units in the country. She has also been a tireless advocate for senior citizens, supporting many important programs and initiatives like North Bergen’s Senior Citizen’s Picnic and other activities.Read more
Mayor Nick Sacco, Public Safety Commissioner Theresa Ferraro and North Bergen Police Chief Robert Dowd conducted a swearing in ceremony last week welcoming seven new recruits to the department. The ceremony, which was held on January 10th in the Commission Chambers of Township Hall, also included the promotion of Officer Jason Torres to the rank of Sergeant. Five of the recruits are now attending the John Stamler Police Academy in Union County for training, while two who formerly served as Hudson County Sheriff’s Officers are already in uniform working to keep North Bergen safe.Read more
North Bergen celebrates National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day by honoring officers, applauding community engagement
Highlighting acts of bravery, heroism and diligence performed by North Bergen Police Officers and recognizing the department’s commitment to community engagement and diversity, Mayor Nick Sacco and the township celebrated national “Law Enforcement Appreciation Day” with a ceremony today. Police Chief Robert Dowd served as master of ceremonies and presided as several proclamations and awards were distributed to highly deserving officers, including the department’s “Officer of the Year,” at the event which was held in the township’s commission chambers in front of local officials, members of the police department, friends and family members.Read more
North Bergen High School has been awarded a bronze medal by U.S. News and World Report magazine, recognizing it as one of New Jersey’s best public high schools. The new rankings, which came out this week, utilize several data points to evaluate schools including test scores, student demographics, college readiness, faculty-student ratio and more. The bronze medal award is attributable to the district’s intense focus on reading skills, dedicated faculty and talented students according to Superintendent Dr. George Solter.Read more
North Bergen DPW fills over 700 potholes in month since Pothole Repair Hotline launch, saves $50k in taxpayer money
Thanks to the hard work of the North Bergen Department of Public Works’ pothole repair crew and hundreds of tips from residents the township has filled over 700 potholes in the last month. Mayor Nick Sacco and Public Works Commissioner Frank Gargiulo launched the Pothole Repair Hotline in late February and since that time 225 residents have called in to report potholes. Those combined with hundreds more identified by the DPW add to over 700 and the department expects to fill close to 1,000 potholes in total before June.Read more
North Bergen maintains excellent Moody’s Bond Rating, executes note sale at unheard of interest rate
Despite stagnant state aid, constantly rising healthcare costs and a rough winter that doubled the previous year’s snow removal budget, North Bergen’s finances are in excellent shape as the township adopts its 2014 municipal budget. Under the stewardship of Mayor Nick Sacco and the Board of Commissioners, the township has reduced its annual debt service payments, relied less on the use of surplus and maintained a strong tax collection rate. All of these factors and more led to Moody’s Investor Service reaffirming North Bergen’s excellent Aa3 bond rating on March 19th, citing the township’s “prudent management team, strong financial position and market access.”Read more