Angelo Cintron and Ricky Sanchez, both Democrats and former Haverstraw village trustees, will be formally endorsing two Republican candidates, not their fellow Democrats, in November.
According to a statement released yesterday, Cintron and Sanchez support incumbents District Attorney Michael Bongiorno and Haverstraw village Mayor Francis “Bud” Wassmer.
Democrat Tom Zugibe, former West Haverstraw village justice, is challenging Bongiorno. Democrat Mike Kohut, Haverstraw village trustee, is running against Wassmer.
Sanchez ran against Kohut in the Democratic primary in September and was defeated by 36 votes.
Cintron unsuccessfully ran for mayor against Wassmer in 2003.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“In the past, both Angelo and I have had disagreements with the mayor, but we have never questioned his dedication and hard work in improving the village,Ã¢â‚¬? Sanchez stated in the press release. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Of the two candidates for mayor, there is no question that Mayor Wassmer is the best choice.Ã¢â‚¬?
Cintron said that he decided to support the Republicans because he believed that they were the best people for the community.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We know that itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s highly unusual for two lifelong Democrats like ourselves to endorse Republican candidates,Ã¢â‚¬? Cintron said.
Cintron and Sanchez will officially announce of their endorsement at 2 p.m. tomorrow at 41 New Main St.
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