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Hackensack Adds 2nd Deputy Mayor Position

From left: Councilwoman Stephanie Von Rudenborg, Deputy Mayor Kathleen Canestrino, Mayor John Labrosse, Deputy Mayor David Sims, Councilman Leonardo Battaglia.
From left: Councilwoman Stephanie Von Rudenborg, Deputy Mayor Kathleen Canestrino, Mayor John Labrosse, Deputy Mayor David Sims, Councilman Leonardo Battaglia. Photo Credit: Contributed

HACKENSACK, N.J. — Hackensack Mayor John Labrosse, three other incumbents and one new city council member were recently sworn into office.

On May 9, Labrosse was elected to his third consecutive four year term as a City Council Member.

Kathleen Canestrino, David Sims and Leonardo Battaglia were elected to their second terms and are joined by Stephanie Von Rudenborg who was elected to her first term. All five ran together as the Labrosse Team for Lower Taxes and Honest Government.

After taking their oaths of office, the City Council members again chose Labrosse to lead the city as the mayor in accordance with state law giving them that responsibility.

"John is a man of great integrity and an excellent mayor," Deputy Mayor Kathy Canestrino said. "We have great confidence in his ability to lead our city."

Canestrino and Sims were chosen by the City Council to serve as Deputy Mayors. Canestrino will serve her second four year term as Deputy Mayor, with the primary responsibility of Finance and Economic Development.

Sims will serve in the newly created position of Second Deputy Mayor with primary responsibility for Parks and Recreation. Neither post carries any additional compensation.

"As a retired aerospace engineer, Kathy brings a unique set of skills and ability that our city is lucky to have," said Mayor Labrosse.

"She is our administration's point person on economic development and fiscal issues and she does an outstanding job for the city."

Labrosse said the City Council decided to name Deputy Mayor Sims to the new position because of his over 27 years of expertise, experience and dedication to the city's youth.

“We are building new recreational facilities and adding new programs and we think it's important to have someone who really knows our recreation program inside and out making sure things are done right," he said.

"Dave Sims is very qualified and we are very pleased he has decided to accept this position."

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