EXCLUSIVE: Former Councilman Angelo Valente says he’ll run for mayor of Hoboken; Giattino declares at press conference

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Angelo Valence of #Hoboken says he'll run for #mayor in November

HOBOKEN — Angelo Valente, the longtime executive director of the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey and a former Hoboken councilman, said on Tuesday that he intends to run for mayor of the town where he grew up.
Valente, who was Hoboken’s youngest councilman in the 1980s, has decided to consider public office again because “I’ve gotten calls from hundreds of people asking me to run,” he said. “It has been extremely humbling.”
Valente added, “I will be mayor for all of Hoboken. My door will always be open. I’m trying to put together everything at this point.”
He expects to run with a slate of three council-at-large candidates for the three seats that will open in November.
He is the third person to say they’ll run for the spot since Mayor Dawn Zimmer announced last week that she will not run again.
Two other candidates were already in the race. And as reported in the Reporter on Monday, Councilwoman Jen Giattino had scheduled a press conference on Tuesday night at a 7:30 p.m. As the event was during the time of the school board meeting, a news item will appear later.
Insider New Jersey carried the text of a speech by Giattino that said, in part, “I have been a resident of Hoboken since 1998. I am a wife, the proud mother of three, and a businesswoman. I am serving my second term as a Hoboken City councilwoman for the 6th ward and also serving my third term as council president. Today, I am thrilled to be surrounded by so many supporters as I announce my candidacy for mayor of Hoboken…I will continue to drive the many initiatives begun with Mayor Zimmer that have paved the way for our improved quality of life…but our current administration has fallen short in certain areas that I believe should be front and center going forward. We need to align the public and private sectors in a partnership to address the economic health and vitality of our city that has been overlooked. This means working collectively with all stakeholders, including our diverse residents, our City Council, our business community, our schools, Stevens, and other community leaders to identify the best ideas and a fresh vision for economic and community development while still prioritizing our quality of life. It means executing a strategic plan
that allows us to attract jobs and businesses that benefit Hoboken residents which will allow us to focus
on future commercial development, instead of just building more residential towers that add to our
overcrowding. But, in any development that occurs, which is inevitable given the attraction to our town,
we will ensure that we determine the direction and that the benefits to our community far outweigh the
costs. We also need to do as much as we can to make sure that Hoboken residents are invited to stay.
There is room for everyone in Hoboken.”
With so many candidates splitting the vote, there appears to be much strife on all sides of the political spectrum over who should be the main candidates for the full-time position.
For an update later, see hudsonreporter.com. For a story, see this weekend’s Hoboken Reporter.