Source: New Candidates Will Shake Up Hoboken Ward Races

Two new developments are redrawing the lines that have delineated Hoboken’s upcoming ward races. In Ward 2, Beth Mason’s departure is creating a power vacuum to fill her place. In Ward 3, Michael Russo is no longer running uncontested, potentially making it difficult for him to support his allies in other wards.

Peter Biancamano (left) and Freeholder Anthony Romano.
Peter Biancamano (left) and Freeholder Anthony Romano attended a fundraiser for Carmelo Garcia in early August.

Two new developments are redrawing the lines that have delineated Hoboken’s upcoming ward races. In Ward 2, Beth Mason’s departure is creating a power vacuum to fill her place. In Ward 3, Michael Russo is no longer running uncontested, potentially making it difficult for him to support his allies in other wards.

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With Beth Mason’s decision to no longer pursue her council seat representing Hoboken’s Ward 2, both Team Zimmer’s Tiffanie Fisher and Hoboken School Board member Peter Biancamano are now vying for the seat.

According to a source close to the Hoboken races, Biancamano’s decision to run may spell trouble for Fisher and Team Zimmer “may have preferred that Beth Mason run.”

“He is a really mainstream, normal, nice guy,” said the source. “I call that a toss up. He is more known and more likable than Fisher. He could very well win.”

Biancamano’s potential election may also strengthen the Hoboken power divide between Zimmer’s people and those challenging them.

“He is the only one out of nine on the school board that doesn’t have a Dawn Zimmer allegiance,” said the source.

According to the source, though Beth Mason pledged that she will continue to stay actively involved in Hoboken, it does not seem that privately-wealthy Mason will financially support any of the candidates.

“She is not going to not run and also finance,” said the source.

In Ward 3, a similar battle is brewing. As recently as last week, Russo was running uncontested. Now, veteran candidate and Hoboken land developer Frank Raia has thrown himself into the mix for the position.

According to the source, Raia’s entry into the race will “pin Russo down” in Ward 3, making it difficult for him to support allies like Terry Castellano in Ward 1, Ruben Ramos in Ward 4 and Carmelo Garcia in Ward 6.

“He would have been the roaming captain,” the source said. “Russo would have run around the city trying to strengthen Ruben and Castellano and helping Carmelo. So now he is going to be tied down even though Raia probably won’t win the race.”

Source: New Candidates Will Shake Up Hoboken Ward Races