State Sen. Brian Stack is leading the effort to elect Albio Sayres, a sixteen-year congressman from Hudson County, as mayor of Western New York in the May 9 nonpartisan municipal election.
That hasn’t dissuaded one of Cyrus’ mayoral rivals, Cosmo Cyrillo, from endorsing Stack for re-election to the 33rd state Senate District in the Democratic primary and the general election, win or lose.
Legislative redistricting significantly changed the 33rd Legislative District, adding West New York and North Bergen. That put Stack, the mayor of Union City, and another longtime senator, North Bergen Mayor Nicholas Sack, in the same district. An unhappy Sacco quickly announced his retirement and support for Stack.
Cirillo served on the Apportionment Commission as Sacco’s pick.
“I have a lot of respect for Sen. Stack,” said Cirillo, a three-term city commissioner. “We had a phenomenal senator in Sacco, and now we’re going to have an equally phenomenal senator in Stack.”
Cirillo also pledged to support Stack’s running mates in the State Assembly: West New York Mayor Gabriel Rodriguez and North Bergen Commissioner Julio Marenko.
“The better they do in the Assembly, the better for Western New York,” he said.
Cirillo has assembled a slate of five candidates for city commissioner — in West New York, the winners of commissioner races choose the mayor in what is essentially a proxy war between Sears, Cirillo and a third candidate, former Mayor Felix Roque — in which includes incumbent Margarita Guzman and Rep. Angelica Jimenez (West New York).
Last night Cirillo said about 400 people attended a fundraiser for his board Thursday night.
“People have stepped up for this movement,” Cirillo said.
Despite the support of Seth Sayers, Cirillo sees him as a role model.
“This is the type of mayor I would like to emulate if elected,” Cirillo explained. “He is doing a great service to Union City. “