Kearny council appoints da Silva to succeed Doyle as new 3rd Ward council member


The Kearny Town Council voted to appoint Renato da Silva, a career educator, to succeed new Mayor Carol Jean Doyle as the new 3rd Ward council member on Tuesday.

Kearny 2nd Ward Councilman Renato da Silva.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“I am grateful for the privilege to serve the community by collaborating with the mayor and council for the residents of the 3rd ward and the town of Kearny,” da Silva said in a statement.

He was appointed by a vote of 5-3 at this week’s council meeting, after 2nd Ward Councilman Rich Konopka moved the resolution and 3rd Ward Councilwoman Eileen Eckel seconded it.

Doyle, a 27-year veteran of the council, 1st Ward Councilwoman Marytrine De Castro, and 4th Ward Councilman Gerald Ficeto voted no.

A graduate of Kearny High School and Rutgers University, da Silva als has a Master’s Degree in World History from a joint program between Rutgers and NJIT.

He has worked for the New York City Department of Education since 1997, currently serving as their executive director of school support and operations.

“[His] multifaceted dedication to education, civic engagement, and community development embodies the spirit of service that he brings to his role as councilman for the 3rd Ward in Kearny,” da Silva’s team added in a statement.

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