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Newly-elected officers of the Hudson County Young Democrats with Hudson County Democratic Chairwoman Amy DeGise, center.

Hudson Young Democrats replace Fulop guy

By David Wildstein, June 02 2019 9:05 pm

Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop’s lost another intramural Democratic fight this weekend when his guy, Jersey City Business Administrator Brian Platt, lost his job as president of the Hudson County Young Democrats.

The new president is Aimee Focaraccio, the chief of staff  to Hudson County Freeholder Anthony Vainieri and a political ally of North Bergen mayor Nicholas Sacco.

According to three sources who spoke on the condition of anonymity, Platt showed up at Saturday’s reorganization meeting intending to keep his presidency and not expecting a vote.  He found that his members believed new blood was in order – something that caused Platt to leave before the new president was selected.

One of the objections to Platt was that at age 34, he is one year older than 33-year-old Hudson County Democratic Chairwoman Amy DeGise.   DeGise was in attendance yesterday.

But the biggest hurdle for Platt’s re-election were his ties to Fulop, who has struggled with his relationship to Hudson County Democrats since the warette of 2018.

The new vice president of the Hudson County Young Democrats is Angela Cirillo, the sister of West New York Commissioner Cosmo Cirillo.  Also elected as officers: Joe Skillender, treasurer; Daniel Levine, secretary, Caitlin Mota, communications director; Nancy Guevara, events/activities director; Patrick Ambrossi, membership director; George Zapata, community services director; and Anthony Rios, high school/college outreach liaison.

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