First Ward – Theresa Castellano

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Theresa Castellano won the First Ward election on May 8, 2007.

5/10/2007 Press Release:

Castellano Offers Sincere Thanks to Residents of the First Ward

I want to express my sincere thanks to all those who have supported me in my re-election. I especially want to thank my family and friends for their support. In addition, I want to thank Council President Richard DelBoccio, “Moe” DeGennaro and the Russo Civic Assn. ladies for their late night dinners and their hours of folding and labeling my political literature.

Again, thank you to all.

Theresa Castellano
Councilwoman First Ward

4/26/2007 Press Release:

This was sent to 411 this morning.

CONTACT: A. PASQUALE 201-988-4460
Councilwoman Theresa Castellano

We have called you here today to expose what may be an illegal act committed by Ron Rosenberg and Pupie Raia.

This is not my typical way of running a campaign. I stay focused on issues and no matter how negative my opponent gets, I stay positive!

For example:
(Four years ago, when Mr. Rosenberg ran against me and lost, he made a statement in a debate about the Hoboken School System and added a very disparaging remark about Hoboken students. I could have attacked then but chose not to. I corrected him at the debate and that was the end of it.)

Mr. Rosenberg claims to have had a role in creating the “People for Open Government” (POG) which helped to establish our local reform laws. Mr. Rosenberg and Mr. Kurta (his campaign manager and president of POG) are running a political campaign financed by Mr. Raia an admitted developer. This is an insult to all Hoboken residents who supported the effort to reform campaign funding on a local level.

POG’s ordinance “prohibits developers who engage in redevelopment activities from contributing to local candidates and political parties. This will reduce the amount of influence developers have in creating and defining our redevelopment zones”.

Why have Rosenberg and Raia filed blank ELEC reports, not disclosing their campaign finances? Is it because they have broken these finance reform laws?

Since questioned the committee has changed to “Rosenberg for Hoboken Council”. Is this an admission of wrong doing? Where is Mr. Rosenberg getting his money?
Why hasn’t he filed his new Committee reports with ELEC?
Why have blank Election Reports filed when obviously there are expenses?
Is he a candidate funded by a developer?
Or, is he a joint committee funded by a developer?

Mr. Rosenberg needs to come clean!!

Rosenberg, Raia, Kurta and Roberts = a slap in the face to POG and all their positive initiatives.

I look forward to the answers to these questions.
You connect the dots!

We intend to pursue this issue fully.

4/9/2007 TV interview:

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An introduction letter from Therea Castellano sent to Hoboken411:

Dear Neighbor:

castellano-hoboken-2007.jpgI am writing to announce that I will be running for re-election for the First Ward Council Seat in the upcoming City Council election on Tuesday, May 8th, 2007.

We in Hoboken know what an election season is like with a barrage of phone calls and flyers. I have decided to take a less traditional approach to reaching you. I will not disturb you at home. So how will I get my message to my constituents?

Beginning March 15, 2007, I will be walking around the ward every night from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. I hope to meet you casually. However, I will visit anyone on request at events such as neighborhood gatherings, condo association meetings, etc. I value the opportunity to meet my neighbors, share plans for the future, exchange ideas, and most of all work together to solve any problems that may arise.

Enclosed you will find my personal resume including what I have accomplished in the last four years. I also ask you to visit my website or email me at

In closing, I urge you to learn all you can about each Council candidate, read all their literature so you can elect the person best qualified to represent you and the issues in the First Ward. I look forward to meeting you in the next few months to discuss the future of Hoboken.


Theresa Castellano
Hoboken Councilperson
First Ward

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Sunday, March 18, 2007 11:33 pm

I can attest also that Castellano seems to be rather genuine and sincere. She has personally helped and advised me on a couple of questions i had when dealing with the construction office in city hall (believe me, help is needed!)…and she always was welcoming when I would walk into her business unannounced just to ask her opinion. I don’t know much about any other candidates, but i’ll certainly back her just based on her perceived sincerity.

Sunday, March 18, 2007 8:14 am

Posted too soon.

Thanks, Moe, for the info. I don’t know why I have such a problem keeping them straight.

Sunday, March 18, 2007 8:13 am

I think I met Castellano once, then. She was very nice.

Sunday, March 18, 2007 7:54 am

Theresa Labruno is the one who wrote that wonderful DUI letter. She is an at-large rep who won with the backing of the HCDO.

Castellano is the long time ward one rep. She is the exact opposite of labruno and seems to actually work for people in her ward.

Sunday, March 18, 2007 7:38 am

I can’t keep the Theresa LaBruno and Theresa Castellano straight. Who’s who? Which one who wrote a letter to the editor in the Reporter congratulating Campos for getting a DUI?