NORTH BERGEN, NJ – Anthony Vainieri was officially sworn-in by North Bergen Mayor and State Senator Nick Sacco as a Hudson County Freeholder representing the 8th District in a ceremony shortly after midnight on New Year’s Eve. Vainieri, who won a landslide victory in a contentious Democratic Primary election in June and went on the win the General Election in November, will now officially represent North Bergen and parts of Jersey City and Secaucus at the county level. Freeholder Vainieri was accompanied by his children Anthony and Antonia, as well as hundreds of friends and supporters who packed North Bergen’s Waterside Restaurant for a unique swearing-in ceremony/New Year’s Eve party.
“I take an enormous amount of pride in being sworn-in as a Freeholder representing my home town and all the many friends, family and supporters I will now have the privilege to serve,” said Vainieri. “I would like to thank my family and friends for their amazing support, and I am especially grateful to Mayor Nick Sacco for not only conducting the ceremony but for his incredible support and mentorship over the years. I will work tirelessly as a Freeholder to justify the faith and trust that has been placed in me and I will not let the residents of North Bergen, Jersey City and Secaucus down.”
Vainieri has served as Chief of Staff to Mayor Sacco, a member of the Hudson County Schools of Technology Board of Education, a member of the North Bergen Zoning Board and many other positions. He is the co-owner and manager of the Vainieri Funeral Home and comes from a family with deep roots in public service. Anthony’s father, Anthony Vainieri Sr., served as a State Assemblyman and member of the North Bergen Board of Commissioners, while his sister Valerie Vainieri-Huttle is a current member of the Assembly representing District 37 and his brother-in-law Frank Huttle is Mayor of Englewood. Vainieri succeeds Freeholder Thomas Liggio, who retired last year after over 30 years in elected office.
Vainieri’s swearing-in was attended by dozens of elected officials and politicos from Hudson County, including Mayor Sacco, Commissioner Hugo Cabrera, Commissioner Allen Pascual, Freeholder Anthony “Stick” Romano, HCST Board member and Deputy Chief of Staff to Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise Craig Guy, North Bergen Board of Education President Julio Marenco and many more.