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Mayor-Elect: ‘I Don’t Think of 93 as Being Old’

Video shows the World War II veteran getting to work

Upset about the way his town was being run, Vito Perillo decided to run for mayor at age 93 and won — beating out the 63-year-old incumbent.

A World War II Navy veteran and resident of Tinton Falls, N.J., Perillo said he decided to run after two recent lawsuits involving the borough’s police department cost the town a reported $1.1 million. He fought hard on the campaign trail and said that he wore out two pairs of shoes by going door-to-door campaigning, according to the Asbury Park Press.

“I've been a fighter all my life. At 13, I was fighting for my family's next meal, shining shoes on street corners in the Bronx. By 17, I was fighting in the ring as an amateur boxer, with a dream of making it to prime time. That dream was cut short at 19 when I was fighting for my country in the South Pacific. I have always fought for what I believe in, and now I want to fight for the citizens of Tinton Falls as mayor," he said.

And he’s already getting to work. In a video from the Associated Press, Perillo is heard working the phones, introducing himself as the mayor-elect. He went on to say, “I don’t think of 93 as being old.”

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Vito Perillo/Facebook

Mayor-elect Vito Perillo will soon represent a New Jersey town with a population of about 18,000.

Just before the polls opened on Tuesday, he posted on Facebook: “Win or Lose today, I feel so thankful for the tremendous support I have received and the life-long connections I have made on the campaign trail with other residents of our town.”

Following his Tuesday victory — achieved by winning 53 percent of the vote — he posted on Facebook: “We took the first step in creating a new and inclusive form of government in Tinton Falls.” He went on to say, “Tonight transparency, accountability and community empowerment won out, and I can’t wait to get started working as hard as I can for all of the great residents of this town!”

Perillo was elected to a four-year term, meaning he’ll be 97 when he’ll have to decide whether to run again, or return to retirement.

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