Councilman Michael DeFusco announces Hoboken mayoral run


HOBOKEN – First Ward Councilman Michael DeFusco announced today via an online video that he is running for mayor of Hoboken in the Nov. 7 municipal election.

In the video DeFusco cited as a reason Mayor Dawn Zimmer’s an inability to execute on long stated intentions during her nearly nine years in office. 

Zimmer has also announced her mayoral run, as has local businesswoman Karen Nason. 

In the video DeFusco calls for upgraded city services and more proactive planning by the administration.

“I know we can be better, faster and more efficient in responding to the critical issues our community faces, and I believe it’s time for a change,” DeFusco said, referencing the town’s issues with  flooding, potholes, and water main breaks, which have plagued Hoboken residents.  “These issues and many others have largely gone unsolved by our long-time Mayor Dawn Zimmer, who in November will seek re-election to a third term, asking voters to extend her time in office to more than 13 years. Although Dawn’s intentions are good, if you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.”

“When I first ran for elected office, it was to infuse new ideas into a stale political culture and engage every resident who would listen,” DeFusco said in the video.  “As your councilman, I can only effect so much change.  As your mayor, I know that we can use every voice to turn the political divide of the past into a unified and progressive future. I’m so excited to continue this journey with you and look forward to knocking on every door and listening to every resident  to ensure that we respect the past but look toward the future.” 

The video can be seen at