Municipal flags in Hoboken will fly at half staff in honor of former Mayor Anthony Russo who died on April 19 at the age of 74.
Russo was diagnosed with cancer and after multiple surgeries he went into remission in 2002.
After Russo lost his mayoral bid to Mayor David Roberts in 2001, he ran for city council and won. He later retired stating his cancer had re-emerged.
During his tenure, he helped revitalize Hoboken and the waterfront.
“Mayor Russo was a larger than life figure who was beloved by his family, friends and community,” said Mayor Ravi Bhalla “His contributions to Hoboken were many, including the revitalization of our waterfront, an effort that continues to this day. Hoboken is the great place it is today in large part thanks to his vision for our City, and his memory will live on for generations to come. My sincere condolences are with the entire Russo family for their loss.”
Russo is predeceased by his wife Michele Russo, former chair of the Hoboken Democratic Committee, who passed away in 2017.
They are survived by their three sons, Hoboken 3rd Ward Councilman Michael Russo, retired Hoboken Police officer Nicholas Russo, and Hoboken Police Officer Anthony Russo, as well as grandchildren, nieces and nephews.