After a private ceremony in July, Esther Suarez was publicly sworn in as Hudson County prosecutor – the first Hispanic female to hold the title – in front of around 300 people inside Jersey City’s Dickinson High School.
The event brought out countless politicos and law enforcement officials from around the state, even U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman and New Jersey’s Acting Attorney General John Jay Hoffman.
Suarez replaces Acting Hudson County Prosecutor Guy Gregory, who held the position from June 2012 through June 2015.
State Senators Brian Stack (D-33), Nick Sacco (D-32) and Sandra Cunningham (D-31), who all agreed Suarez was the right choice for the job prior to her appointment, all gave her a public vote of confidence.
After getting sworn in by Assignment Judge Yolanda Ciccone, Suarez referred to herself as “the face of immigration” when thanking her parents, later explaining why she left her post as a Passaic County judge to become the new Hudson County prosecutor.
She also expressed her dismay over the fact that the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office is the second lowest paid in the state, further stating that she is hoping to aggressively improve the office’s conviction rate.
Suarez declined to take any media questions after the ceremony, saying she would rather spend time with friends and family.
One of her former employers, Donald Scarinci, the managing partner of the high-powered law firm Scarinci Hollenbeck, told Hudson County View he was “delighted” to be in attendance for Suarez’s swearing in.
The dozens of officials in attendance included Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-32), Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop, Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer, Weehawken Mayor Richard Turner, State Democratic Chairman John Currie, Bergen County Democratic Chairman Lou Stellato and Hudson County Sheriff Frank Schillari.