Hudson County Surrogate Joseph Ryglicki will not seek re-election to a second term as Hudson County Surrogate and will be replaced by freeholder Tilo Rivas, two sources confirmed today.
The evidences unity in Hudson after a brief warette in the 2018.
Ryglicki is a longtime ally of North Bergen mayor/State Sen. Nicholas Sacco. Rivas has been a strong supporter of Union City mayor/State Sen. Brian Stack.
This is a win for Stack, who gets to run a Union City ally countywide. It’s also a magnanimous move for Sacco, who helps keep peace in Hudson by showing respect for Stack.
The move will also add a second Latino countywide elected official in Hudson County. The county clerk is Junior Maldonado.
Rivas, 71, held local office in Union City from 2001 until last year when he did not seek re-election to the Board of Commissioners. He has been a freeholder since 2004.
Assuming Rivas wins – Republicans have not won a countywide election in Hudson County since 1956 – Stack would get to fill the open freeholder seat. The district six seat falls entirely within Union City.
Rivas will run on a ticket with Hudson County Executive Thomas DeGise and Sheriff Frank Schillari in the fall.
“Joe Ryglicki has been an outstanding public servant for many years, not only as Surrogate but as an attorney who has helped government agencies effectively deliver services to residents,” said Sacco. “I want to thank Joe Ryglicki for his service to the people of Hudson County and wish him well going forward.”
This story was updated at 12:12 PM to include comment from Sacco.