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Mayor Labrosse and his team of Deputy Mayor Canestrino, Councilman Leo Battaglia and Councilman David Sims won the 2013 municipal election, and since that time their leadership has resulted in the city's downtown redevelopment and revitalization, adding nearly $1 billion in new real estate value to the city, and in Hackensack's first tax rate cut in a decade. They announced their re-election campaign recently along with their running mate Council candidate Stephanie Von Rudenborg.
Meet the Team
Mayor John Labrosse
A Hackensack resident for nearly 40 years, John Labrosse has worked to cut the city tax rate, revitalize the Main Street area and deliver honest, open government to the community. John works as a Safety Specialist at Hackensack University Medical Center, helping ensure safe operations at Bergen County's premier hospital. He and his wife Debbie, a first grade teacher at Hillers School, have two adult sons and six grandchildren. John has been a dedicated volunteer recreation coach for decades, mentoring hundreds of kids in city baseball, football and wrestling programs.
Deputy Mayor Kathleen Canestrino
Kathy Canestrino is a retired aerospace engineer with experience managing multi-million dollar budgets who holds a master's degree in computer science. As Deputy Mayor, Kathy has been instrumental in creating tax incentives to attract new development to the city, resulting in over $1 billion in new real estate value and substantial new tax revenue. She and her husband Emil, a retired Hackensack Police Captain, have four children and six grandchildren and have lived in Hackensack for over 40 years.
Councilman Dave Sims
A lifelong resident of Hackensack, Dave Sims is a paraprofessional at Hackensack High School and he is the first African-American Police Commissioner in Bergen County history. He is the Director of Hackensack Junior Basketball and started the Junior Basketball Summer League Program in 1995, and now he's the driving force behind the major expansion of the M&M Recreation Center. Dave attends New Hope Baptist Church and is the proud father of Ashley Monique Sims. He was recently honored with the Julian Bond Community Service Award from the Bergen County NAACP.
Councilman Leo Battaglia
A native of Ecuador, Leo Battaglia is a retired business owner who emigrated to Hackensack nearly 40 years ago. Leo founded the Hackensack Junior Soccer League in 1986 and has been a devoted recreation coach for decades. Thanks to Leo's leadership Hackensack will soon open a new indoor sports dome, allowing our children to stay active and participate in sports programs all year long. Leo and his wife Maria-Helena have two children and five grandchildren.
Council candidate Stephanie Von Rudenborg
As a member of the city's Planning Board, Stephanie Von Rudenborg has taken an active role in the revitalization of Hackensack and has worked to bring beneficial new development to the Main Street area. She has lived in the city for 10 years, works as a special education teacher in Ridgefield Park and is also a law school graduate who earned a Juris Doctorate. Stephanie and her husband Eric have three young children who attend local schools and are involved in recreation programs.