Mike’s record of progress

Our neighborhood deserves a representative who stands up for what’s right, even when it isn’t easy. We need independent leadership, new energy and new ideas, and that’s what I’ll always deliver as your Councilman.
— Mike DeFusco
Mike DeFusco for Hoboken Mayor


Mike isn’t part of the political establishment. He’s an independent leader who does what’s right for Hoboken, whether that means working with Mayor Ravi Bhalla to advocate for quality of life improvements like WiFi on the PATH, or speaking truth to power by reducing his proposed tax increase. 


Mike ensured that millions of dollars in infrastructure improvements from the upcoming Hilton hotel project will stay in the First Ward. He will continue to fight for responsible development that supports important priorities, like building new schools and expanding city parks while protecting taxpayers.


Mike fights for the local businesses that make Hoboken special. He passed a Small Business Expansion Plan to help mom and pop shops succeed. Mike brought the first major zoning changes to Hoboken in 30 years, creating three new neighborhood business districts that will pave the way for new restaurants, retail shops and corner stores to open in our community. Mike passed legislation that encourages more sidewalk cafes and has played an instrumental role in helping reestablishing Washington Street as the city’s primary commercial hub. 


Mike is fighting to reduce both traffic and flooding. He fought for the long-overdue rebuild of Washington Street while holding the city accountable for delays and cost overruns. Mike worked for a better deal with the city’s water provider that’s now investing millions into our water system without increasing rates. He worked with County officials to have First Street, a major transportation artery in the First Ward, repaved.


Hoboken residents depend on transportation options to get to and from work and around our city -- as a daily commuter to Manhattan, Mike understands this completely. He’s fighting to increase PATH train and bus capacity to better serve residents, for traffic improvements to reduce congestion and for multi-modal solutions that work for neighborhoods, like bike lanes where space permits and new technologies like eScooters and ride sharing.


Parking in Hoboken is never going to be easy, but it should be much better than it is now. Mike successfully defeated the Mayor’s plan to raise parking rates up to 260%, and he worked with the City Council to ban the predatory practice of booting vehicles. He paved the way to allow residents to park overnight in city owned garages at minimal cost to accommodate commuters’ schedules, taking cars off the street. Mike supports using new technologies to improve parking, like real-time spot availability notifications and truly dynamic pricing models. He fought back against raising permit fees and passed legislation that prevents the city from ticketing cars in the first two minutes after parking meters expire. Mike secured funding to re-engineer parking garages in Downtown Hoboken to improve rusting and aging infrastructure.


The first openly gay elected official in Hudson County, Mike has played an instrumental role in making Hoboken more welcoming and accepting. He helped lead Hoboken to a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index. As the Chairman of the Hudson County LGBTQ Caucus, he’s working closely with all 12 municipalities to better serve the growing LGBTQ community. Mike refused to sit idle when protesters spreading hateful rhetoric came to his neighborhood and responded by bringing the community together for a Drag Queen Story Hour and brunch celebrating love and inclusiveness. 


Speaking power to truth isn’t always easy, but Mike has been the leading advocate to bring transparency to local government. He isn’t part of the political establishment, and he’s not dependent on a taxpayer funded job. When the mayor broke his campaign promise and took a second job at a politically connected law firm, Mike fought to hold the mayor accountable for increasing his own office spending by an alarming 40% over the prior administration. He has sponsored a sweeping ethics reform legislation to keep politics out of City Hall and prevent elected officials from misusing taxpayer funded services and dollars for personal benefit.


Mike has campaigned and advocated for a much needed dog run in the First Ward that opened in July at underutilized space outside the Hudson Street municipal garage. He led discussions with the administration to bring long overdue improvements to the waterfront walkway, including new paving materials, updated plantings and restoration of the bike path. Mike has put forward a common sense plan to better manage bar crawls, preventing taxpayers from footing the bill for additional security and sanitation costs.


Mike understands investing in the arts is essential in building a diverse community. He sponsored legislation to bring a responsible public mural program to Hoboken, is working to activate underutilized spaces as canvases for local artists to beautify the community while maintaining the character of each neighborhood. Mike has spearheaded a plan to bring small businesses and pop up shops to dormant kiosks at Pier A Park. He’s actively engaged with public and private entities to bring a European-style market to the Hoboken Terminal. 


Mike has been a leading advocate in making our streets safer for pedestrians and bicyclists. He worked collaboratively with everyone to identify ways to properly rebuild Washington Street and reached a compromised solution with small businesses that would not impact their operations. Mike led the fight to bring a multi-modal street design to Newark Street to shorten pedestrian crossings, address illegal parking on sidewalks and create a bike friendly roadway. He pushed for a Southwest Traffic Study to increase traffic calming measures, resulting in less congestion in our neighborhoods. From these large scale projects to bringing new stop signs to downtown intersections and installing a pedestrian crossing signal at 333 River Street, Mike is committed to bringing the best traffic infrastructure to Hoboken.