Some tears were probably shed today inside the State House in Trenton, as some longtime legislators, both Senators and Assembly Persons, bid farewell ahead of Tuesday’s new, legislative session.  Hudson County may have had the biggest turnover statewide due to retirements or election results, as two veteran Senators and three Assembly members bid goodbye to their colleagues.

On the Senate side, Nicholas Sacco leaves following three decades of service in Hudson County’s 32nd District.  Some of his colleagues paid tribute to the longtime Senator, who maintains his mayoral position in North Bergen.

Senator Brian Stack, also Mayor of Union City, stated, “It’s a pleasure to rise on behalf of Senator Sacco today.  Nick, you’ll be missed in the Senate here.”

Senator Sacco shed no tears, saying, “I’m so happy to be gone after 30 years.  It’s time.”

In the 31st District in south Hudson, Senator Sandra Cunningham chose not to seek re-election.  Senate Majority Leader Teresa Ruiz stated, “Sandy Cunningham was a stalwart democratic individual. She’s really a cowgirl. She loves horses and spending time on a ranch,” Ruiz said. “People say in politics you don’t make friends. That is certainly not true. Senator Cunningham is my friend.”

On the Assembly side, three veteran Hudson Legislators bid farewell; Annette Chaparro of Hoboken, Angelica Jimenez of West New York and Pedro Mejia of Secaucus.

When the new Legislature convenes on Tuesday, redistricting takes effect. and Hudson County will see many new faces representing the County.  In the Senate, both Angela McKnight and Raj Mukherji move up from the Assembly, while in the Assembly, new members are Gabriel Rodriguez and Julio Marenco of West New York and North Bergen respectively in District 33.  In the 32nd District, the new Assembly persons are John Allen of Hoboken and Jessica Ramirez of Jersey City.  In District 31, Barbara McCann Stamato of Jersey City joins the lower house.