Hawthorne Democrats Announce 2013 Slate for Mayor and Council
HAWTHORNE – Former Hawthorne Councilwoman Lois Cuccinello will head the local Democratic ticket as candidate for mayor in this year’s election, joining Councilman Joseph Wojtecki, Naomi B. Collier and Jeff Gardner who are seeking the three at-large council seats.
“We are proud to present this slate which includes candidates who love this community, work hard to make Hawthorne a better place, and have the knowledge and expertise to move Hawthorne forward, especially in these challenging economic times.” said Mary Lou Frankel, campaign coordinator and vice chairperson of the Hawthorne Democratic Organization.
Frankel noted that the team balances political experience with professional expertise. “Lois Cuccinello and Joe Wojtecki are experienced public officials who never shy away from what is in Hawthorne’s best interest. Naomi Collier and Jeff Gardner are attorneys who know New Jersey law, and Lois and Jeff have labor backgrounds They all have working relationships with elected officials, including Congressman Bill Pasrcrell and our 38th District legislative team. This is the team that will work and get results for Hawthorne,” she said.
Cuccinello is a former Passaic County Freeholder who also served as an assistant labor commissioner under Governor Jon Corzine’s administration. She is Secretary-Treasurer/Assistant Business Manager for Local 32 of the Office and Professional Employees International Union, (OPEIU), AFL-CIO, located in Union. She received an undergraduate degree from William Paterson University and a master’s degree in labor relations from Cornell University. She represented the Fourth Ward while serving on the council from 1994 to 2003. She resides on Lafayette Avenue.
Wojtecki has represented the First Ward on the council since 2003. He serves on several council committees, including administration, finance, technology, and legislation. He is also liaison to the Shade Tree Commission He is assistant director of customer experience at Clara Maas Medical Center, Belleville (?), a division of Barnabas Healthcare System, where he was a former food services director. He is a member of the Hawthorne Fire Department, Company 3, and a coach with the Hawthorne Soccer Association and Little League. He is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and resides on Elberon Avenue.
Collier is an attorney specializing in trusts and estates, and provides pro bono counsel to victims of domestic violence. She received an undergraduate degree from North Carolina State University and a law degree from the North Carolina Central University School of Law. She is vice president of Democrats for Hawthorne and a member of the Roosevelt School PTO. She resides on Robertson Avenue.
Gardner is an attorney with a solo practice in Hawthorne specializing in labor law. Prior to opening his own practice, he was an attorney for the National Labor Relations Board. He received an undergraduate degree from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, and a law degree from Rutgers University Law School, Newark. He is chairman of the Hawthorne Democratic Organization and a founder and trustee of the Hawthorne Historical Society. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees at Passaic County Community College.
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