Chairwoman Amy DeGise and the Hudson County Democratic Organization (HCDO) have endorsed Sheriff Frank Schillari for re-election.
A lifelong resident of Hudson County, retired police sergeant and U.S. Navy veteran, Schillari is running for an unprecedented fifth consecutive term.
“Frank Schillari has proven to be a truly effective and dedicated Sheriff for Hudson County,” said HCDO Chair Amy DeGise. “Under Sheriff Schillari’s leadership, the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office has invested in innovative 21st century policing to keep our communities safe and ensure accountability within our law enforcement system. He has a proven track record of public service as a veteran and police officer, and I am looking forward to continuing to work with him to protect our communities.”
According to the HCDO press release, Schillari oversaw the second largest law enforcement organization in Hudson County over the course of his career, managing more than 300 personnel. Schillari also made significant improvements to the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office, improving capabilities of emergency vehicles, and working to prioritize the safety of all Hudson County residents and visitors. Some of his key accomplishments include moving to a 24/7 patrol schedule for county parks and roads, growing the Crash Investigation Unit, and fostering better partnerships with other law enforcement agencies and the community.
“I am honored to receive the endorsement of the Hudson County Democrats,” said Schillari. “Over the course of the last 12 years as Sheriff and 13 years previously as Undersheriff, I have worked closely with our elected officials and local, county, state and federal law enforcement with a mission of making Hudson County safer for people who live, work, study or travel here. I am excited to be running to continue to provide the highest quality service to our county.”
In addition to the endorsement of the HCDO, Schillari is also being endorsed by Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise as well as each of the county’s 12 mayors including: Bayonne Mayor James Davis, East Newark Mayor Dina Grillo, Guttenberg Mayor Wayne Zitt, Harrison Mayor James Fife, Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla, Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop, Kearny Mayor Al Santos, North Bergen Mayor Nicholas Sacco, Secaucus Mayor Michael Gonnelli, Union City Mayor Brian Stack, Weehawken Mayor Richard Turner and West New York Mayor Gabriel Rodriguez.
The Primary Election is on June 7, and the General Election is on Nov. 8.
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