North Bergen, N.J. – North Bergen Police Sgt. Henry Marrero, candidate for Hudson County Freeholder, announced he would work to reinstate the sports programs at High Tech High School in North Bergen and Hudson County Prep High School in Jersey City when elected on June 3.
“Academics and athletics go hand in hand in high school and students shouldn’t have to choose one over the other,” Sgt. Marrero said. “As the father of a son who competes in the Special Olympics, I know how important athletics are to developing teens and that is why I will work to find room in the budget to reinstate the sports programs at the county high schools when elected.”
Facing a $6 million budget shortfall in 2010, the freeholder board cut the sports programs at the county high schools, forcing students to play for teams in their home districts instead of with their classmates. Students also need to find their own transportation to and from games and practices. It was believed at the time that dumping athletics at the county schools would save about $100,000 in tax payments.
Marrero announced his candidacy this month for the upcoming District 8 Freeholder race, representing his hometown of North Bergen, as well as parts of Jersey City and Secaucus. He is running for the seat held by Thomas Liggio, who said he will not seek reelection. He is the first Hispanic to run for the seat.
Sgt. Marrero serves the North Bergen Police Department as a member of the Juvenile Gang Unit, the FBI Hostage Negotiation Team and the Emergency Response Team. Additionally, he is an Arson Investigator and a Megan’s Law Investigator.
Currently, Marrero is a member of the NAACP Hoboken Chapter, PBA Local 18A, Masons Secaucus-Hudson Lodge No. 72, the East Coast Gang Investigators Association, the Special Olympics Fundraising Committee of North Bergen and the Moose Lodge of North Bergen.
In the past, he served as Mayor Sacco’s representative for the Hackensack Meadowlands Commission, Vice Chairman of the North Bergen Parking Authority, President of the Latino Police Officers Association and as a member Hudson County Corrections FOP Lodge 77.
He resides in North Bergen with his wife, Connie, and their five children