In light of the township of North Bergen announcing that Department of Public Safety Commissioner Theresa Ferraro will not seek re-election, Hudson County View has learned that Board of Education President Julio Marenco will be replacing her on Mayor Nick Sacco’s re-election ticket.Â
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
Ferraro is the first woman elected as a township commissioner in 1999 and has been an advocate for senior citizens.
“Representing the people of North Bergen for the last 16 years has been a wonderful, enlightening and truly rewarding experience,” Ferraro said in a statement.
“I take great pride in the growth of our police department during my tenure, especially its diversity with more women officers than ever before and almost 60% being of Hispanic heritage, and its effectiveness with crime rates dropping and our neighborhoods safer than ever.”
Ferraro is also the Chairwoman of the North Bergen Housing Authority, as well as a 30-year member of the North Bergen Democratic Committee.
Additionally, she was also named Hudson County Senior of the Year in 1995 and in 2001 the Theresa V. Ferraro Senior Citizen Building was named in her honor.
“Theresa Ferraro has been an inspiration to the residents of North Bergen and her dedication to our public safety department and senior citizens will never be forgotten,” Sacco said in a prepared statement.
“While she will be retiring from one role, we know that she will continue to be a leader in our community and on behalf of the township I would like to thank her for everything she has done for North Bergen.”
As Hudson County View first predicted last month, sources, who spoke under the condition of anonymity, have since confirmed that Marenco will be filling in for Ferraro on Sacco’s ticket for the May 12 municipal election.
Marenco, who has served on the North Bergen Board of Education since March 2002, was most recently elected the board president in April 2014 (Marenco has been president of the board on several occasions).
While local activist Larry Wainstein, a longtime Sacco critic, is expected to run a full five-person slate against the mayor’s ticket, he is yet to draw petitions of nomination for commissioners.
However, Sgt. Henry Marrero, who lost handily in the June 3 Democratic Primary against Anthony Vainieiri (the current District 8 freeholder) in a bid for freeholder, has pulled his petitions for the race.
Marenco could not be reached for comment, while town spokesman Phil Swibinski declined to comment on whether or not Marenco would serve as Ferraro’s replacement.