NORTH BERGEN, NJ – After a groundbreaking, illustrious career serving the people of North Bergen, Commissioner Theresa Ferraro is announcing today that she will not seek re-election this year and plans to retire from elected office at the conclusion of her current term. The first woman elected as a township commissioner in 1999, Ferraro has presided over the North Bergen Police Department as Public Safety Commissioner and watched it grow into one of the most effective and diverse police units in the country. She has also been a tireless advocate for senior citizens, supporting many important programs and initiatives like North Bergen’s Senior Citizen’s Picnic and other activities.
“Representing the people of North Bergen for the last 16 years has been a wonderful, enlightening and truly rewarding experience,” said Commissioner Ferraro. “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.”
In addition to her role as a Commissioner, Ferraro has been a trailblazer in business as the owner of the James Nolan Insurance Agency in the township, which she purchased in 1964 and now operates with her son Anthony. Ferraro is also the Chair of the North Bergen Housing Authority Board of Trustees, where she will continue to serve. She has been an active member of the North Bergen Democratic Committee for over 30 years and was awarded for her public service last year by Hudson County’s “Women of Character, Courage and Commitment” Awards. 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,” said Mayor Nick Sacco. “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.”
Commissioner Ferraro’s term expires after the upcoming May municipal election. Mayor Sacco will be announcing a new candidate to succeed Commissioner Ferraro very soon.