Local luminaries turn out for North Bergen Mayor’s Ball

Annual event, in its third decade, draws state and county politicos

The 30th Annual North Bergen Mayor's Ball, a political fundraiser, saw another famously huge turnout. Photo courtesy North Bergen Mayor's Ball Facebook page
The 30th Annual North Bergen Mayor's Ball, a political fundraiser, saw another famously huge turnout. Photo courtesy North Bergen Mayor's Ball Facebook page

The annual Mayor’s Ball, hosted by the North Bergen Democratic Municipal Committee to raise funds for Mayor Nicholas Sacco, took place at The Venetian, the ball’s traditional Garfield venue.

An estimated 2,000 attendees dished out $150 each to celebrate with food, drinks, and dancing at the capacious venue. The funds raised went toward the North Bergen Democratic Municipal Committee.

This was the 30th consecutive year the event took place at the same location. Mayor Sacco was wowed by a show of support that he said was unprecedented.

“I am humbled by the amount of support I received,” Sacco said. “Dignitaries from all over New Jersey attended, and Hudson, Bergen, and Passaic County came out in record numbers. I can’t thank everyone enough.”

Sacco was first appointed mayor in 1991, following a recall election. He’s been a state senator of the 32nd legislative district since 1993. Friends and allies he made from both offices turned out en masse to show support, mix, and mingle.

On the state level, Senators Dick Codey (D-27), and Paul Sarlo (D-36) made it from their legislative districts to the west. Assembly members included Nick Chiaravalloti (D-31), and Angelica Jimenez and Pedro Mejia (both D-32).

From the county level came Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise, Hudson County Democratic Organization Chair Amy DeGise, and Hudson County Sheriff Frank Schilliari.

Nine of Hudson County’s 12 mayors, not including Sacco, turned out, among scores of other politicos.

Weehawken Mayor Richard Turner, West New York Mayor Gabriel Rodriguez, Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop, Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla, Guttenberg Mayor Wayne Zitt, East Newark Mayor-elect Dina Grilo, Secaucus Mayor Michael Gonneli, Harrison Mayor James Fife, and Kearny Mayor Al Santos were all on hand.

Every elected commissioner from North Bergen and West New York showed up, as did West New York Board of Education trustees David Morel and Jonathan Castaneda.

Gov. Phil Murphy, State Democratic Chairman John Currie, and Congressman Albio Sires, all unable to attend due to other commitments, sent their regards and well-wishes to the attendees.

The party had the feel of a victory lap following the municipal election on May 14, in which Sacco and his slate pulled off a clean sweep against a slate headed by Larry Wainstein, a longtime Sacco critic and mayoral candidate.

The longstanding celebration is a sign that Sacco is likely to maintain momentum for years to come.

Sacco already filed paperwork to run in the 2021 New Jersey Senate race in his district, according to Election Law Enforcement Commission reports.

According to the ELEC database, Sacco also filed paperwork to run for North Bergen Mayor in the 2023 election.

His 2023 opponent is still a mystery.

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