The Mayor-elect of Ocean City comes with a political pedigree: 59-year-old Salvatore Perillo began his career in 1970 as a lawyer working for Newark’s newly-elected Mayor, Kenneth Gibson. Gibson, the City Engineer, became the city’s first African American Mayor when he ousted incumbent Hugh Addonizio in that year. Perillo worked his way up from Law Clerk to Assistant Corporation Counsel, to Newark Corporation Counsel. After Republican Richard Squires was elected Atlantic County Executive in 1979, Perillo relocated to serve as County Counsel. He is now a partner at Perskie, Nehmad & Perillo, a prominent South Jersey law firm; one of his law partners is Keith Davis, the Atantic County Republican Chairman. Perillo won without the backing of either of the Cape May County political organizations: the GOP leadership largely supported Councilman Frank McCall, while Democrats supported Councilman Jody Alessandrine.