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Rep. Albio Sires (D-West New York). (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Six days after leaving Conrgess, Sires enters race for West New York mayor

Nine-term congressman says being mayor was the ‘greatest job I’ve ever had’

By David Wildstein, January 09 2023 10:27 am

Former Rep. Albio Sires, who left Congress on January 3 after more than sixteen years in the U.S. House of Representatives, has formally announced his bid to run for mayor of West New York, a post he held from 1995 to 2006.

“Being the Mayor of West New York has been the greatest job I’ve ever had,” Sires said.  “Only in this country can a kid from Bejucal, Cuba who played basketball at Memorial High School make it to the halls of Congress. West New York was the place that made me who I am today and over the years, I’ve been able to help a lot of residents.”

Sires said he plans to make crime, rent and property tax stabilization, infrastructure and education key issues in his campaign, along with expanding parking and other local government services.

“I want to build a new media center in the heart of town on Bergenline Avenue for all of our residents to enjoy,” he said.  “The current library across from Town Hall is falling apart and is not handicap accessible.”

Sires’ path to regaining the mayoral post won’t be automatic.  He will face a slate headed by Cosmo Cirillo, a three-term town commissioner.

West New York holds non-partisan municipal elections in May.  Candidates run for five seats on the  town commission, which then selects a mayor among them.

The incumbent mayor, Gabriel Rodriguez, is not seeking re-election.  Instead, he’s running for State Assembly on a slate headed by State Sen. Brian P. Stack, the mayor of Union City.    The incumbent assemblywoman, Angelica Jimenez, is running for West New York town commissioner on Cirillo’s slate.

“One of the things that I saw in Washington was how deeply divided our country is today,” Sires said.  “I want to be a Mayor for everyone who calls West New York home, and my team will reflect just that.”

Sires was replaced by Rep. Robert Menendez (D-Jersey City), who took office early Saturday morning.  The appointment of Menendez’s father to the U.S. Senate in 2006 paved the way for Sires, then the Assembly Speaker, to g to Congress.

“In the Congress, we were able to really invest in school infrastructure, and because of that Memorial High School, as well as some of the elementary schools, will be getting air conditioning units. Trust me, I was a student and a teacher at Memorial High School, this is desperately needed,” Sires said.   And now, the state has said West New York needs a new school to address overcrowding that we’re going to build on Broadway between 64th and 65th Streets”

He hinted that he plans to tout many of his deliverables to his hometown over the last sixteen years.

“I also made sure before leaving Congress that there would be money for West New York to build more parks, especially in the waterfront,” Sires stated. “I am very excited about these new projects for our town – our residents deserve the best.”

The New Jersey Globe first reported Sires decision to run for mayor last June.

 

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