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BERGENFIELD, N.J. — “I am proud and humbled by the support of my colleagues and my community on this journey to seek the mayoral post in Bergenfield,” said Filipino-American Councilman Arvin Amatorio on Wednesday as he announced he was a candidate for mayor of Bergenfield in the November polls.

He will be running for mayor with support of the Bergenfield Democratic Committee and will be in the electoral race with Bergenfield Council President Ora C. Kornbluth and Councilman Buddy Deauna, also a Fil-Am.

If he wins in November, Amatorio will become Bergenfield’s second elected Fil-Am mayor.

The first was Robert C. Rivas in 2000-2002.

Bergenfield is populated by over 5,000 Filipinos, second largest to Jersey City’s estimated 20,000 Filipinos.

According to a study, the township is among the 10 safest places to live in the Garden State.



“Bergenfield is a progressive community that cares for our seniors and works to ensure that our children excel in school and in life. That is why I am raising my family here, why I have dedicated years to public service on the Borough Council, and now why I am running for mayor of Bergenfield, to continue that mission and make sure our community continues to thrive,” said Amatorio.

According to a news release posted in his Facebook page, Amatorio “currently serves as the Bergenfield Council Finance Committee Chairman, where he has drafted the past two municipal budgets with 0% local tax increases.

He has worked to implement shared services agreements with other towns to lower borough expenses and save residents tax dollars, as well as spearhead a Disabled Veterans Tax Exemption for veterans and/or their surviving spouses to obtain municipal property tax relief.

He serves on the DPW & Parks, and Police Committees.



“Council President Kornbluth is the DPW & Parks Committee Chairwoman and serves on the Finance and Police Committees. Councilman Deauna is Chairman of the Building and Grounds Committee and serves on the Fire, and Community Affairs Committees. Together, the Amatorio Democratic Team is running for reelection to continue delivering for the community and working to improve its infrastructure while balancing the budget.”

“I have worked with Council President Kornbluth and Councilman Deauna for years, and I know they are dedicated community leaders I can count on to stand with me as we fight to deliver more for our residents while standing up for taxpayers,” said Amatorio.

It is expected that like in the past, Fil-Ams around the state will rally and support Amatorio’s candidacy.

Amatorio is a managing partner of a law firm in New York that specializes in immigration law.