Michael is the only openly LGBTQ member of the Hoboken City Council
Michael DeFusco, was sworn in as the 1st Ward Councilman on January 1, 2016. Michael DeFusco represents Hoboken’s first ward, which encompasses the downtown waterfront, PATH Station, NJ Transit Terminal and rail yards. He graduated with honors from George Washington University and is employed as a private-sector media professional in Manhattan.
Michael moved to Hoboken right out of college but when a development project threatened to infringe into his block’s green space, he quickly became active in the local community. Organizing a group of neighbors to speak in front of the City’s Zoning Board of Adjustment, they successfully convinced the board to size the building back while still permitting community progress. In 2011, Michael was appointed as a full voting member to the Zoning Board, the same body that originally ignited his passion for responsible community development. He was reappointed again in 2015 and served five years on the board until being elected to City Council later that year.
Michael is a proponent of ensuring downtown continues to grow as vibrant destination, while protecting the charm that makes Hoboken unique.