Hiram Gonzalez, a U.S. Marine corps veteran who has run West New Yor’s recreation basketball program for more than a decade, will run for town commissioner on a ticket headed by mayoral candidate Cosmo Cirillo.
Gonzalez is the assistant finance director in Guttenberg, where Cirillo is the town administrator.
“The Gonzalez family has a long and rich history in West New York and Hiram has constantly demonstrated his desire to give back to our hometown and nation,” Cirillo said. “It is clear to me that his commitment to service and strong financial background will strengthen our team and benefit our town.”
The 49-year-old Gonzalez has spent more than 20 years in finance starting. He worked as a staff accountant at Lifetime Networks, as a finance manager for the National Football League, and as the assistant finance director for the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine. Gonzalez is also a volunteer with the West New York Little League.
“When my wife and I decided to get married and raise our family in West New York, I knew I wanted to do my best to give back to the community that gave my family so much,” Gonzalez said. “My many years of community service have been very rewarding and I feel blessed each day to positively impact so many lives.”
Cirillo is facing former Rep. Albio Sires in the mayoral contest. The incumbent, Gabe Rodriguez, is not seeking re-election and instead is a candidate for State Assembly in the 33rd district with the support of State Sen. Brian Stack (D-Union City) and the Hudson County Democratic organization.
Sires gave up his congressional seat earlier this month after serving in the House for a little more than sixteen years.
Gonzalez, a registered Republican, is now the fourth candidate on the Cirillo ticket, which includes incumbent Commissioner Margarita Guzman and Assemblywoman Angelica Jimenez. In West New York, the top five vote-getters win seats on the town commission in the May non-partisan municipal election, which then picks the mayor from within.
“I am overjoyed to be running with an individual that I have seen firsthand do all he can to support the youth of our community,” Gonzalez stated. “Cosmo has constantly gone above and beyond to support our recreation programs, not only through the resources of Town Hall, but also by being physically present to cheer our teams on and be a great role model.”
Gonzalez added, “I have not been politically involved in the past but serving with a team led by Commissioner Cirillo is an opportunity that I cannot pass up. He will be an outstanding Mayor that will help West New York prosper.”