Freeholder Steve Tanelli endorsed by Local 825, Operating Engineers of America!

Steve TanelliFormer North Arlington councilman and acting mayor Steve Tanelli, a Third Street resident and former Recreation Director was endorsed today by Local 825 of the Operating Engineers of America.

Tanelli, who was elected to the Bergen County Board of Freeholders in 2012 and reelected three years ago is seeking an unprecedented third term on the county’s seven-member legislative body.

Tanelli is the first Democrat and just the third North Arlington resident to serve as a county freeholder.

Originally elected to an unexpired council term in 2004, Tanelli was reelected in 2005, 2008 and 2011 by wide margins.

Tanelli, who was an avid opponent of the failed EnCap housing scheme wrote the referendum that vastly prohibited the use of eminent domain seizure, the process in which the government can seize private homes and commercial properties for a public purpose. That initiative received over 80% of the public’s support of North Arlington voters.

During his six years on the board of freeholders, Tanelli has concentrated on upgrading Bergen County’s Park System that resulted in the construction of various ball fields and a state of the art football facility at County Riverside Park in Lyndhurst which had been the home of Queen of Peace HS football before the school’s closure last year.

Employed as a media and marketing professional with a major time piece manufacturer located in Paramus, Tanelli is married and has three adult sons of which two are law enforcement officials at the county and municipal levels.

Tanelli was humbled by the endorsement of one of New Jersey’s largest private sector unions.

“I am humbled to join a list of elected officials who understand the importance of partnering together with private sector union members who rely on a strong economy and an environment that allows them to flourish through job creation and investing in projects important to New Jersey. I have dedicated myself as county freeholder to support projects and proposals that allow meaningful construction that puts people to work,” offered Tanelli, a parishioner of Mount Carmel Catholic Church located in Lyndhurst.

“Many Local 825 members are my neighbors and friends. These are hardworking individuals who contribute to our economy and ensure New Jersey has the infrastructure to compete in a global economy. I am proud to stand with labor because labor stands for a better Bergen County.”

Steve Tanelli and Mark YampagliaFreeholder Tanelli has endorsed local North Arlington Democrats for the office of Mayor and Council including his old running-mate, Councilman Mark Yampaglia, the Democratic candidate for Mayor and council candidates Peter Massa and Josie Papile.

“I served with Mark and Pete. We fought the tough fights like opposing EnCap, controlling property taxes and ensuring North Arlington’s character of being small, safe and suburban. Josie’s strong financial background as a retired CFO is the kind of resume we need in local government to continue that tradition of public service and I’m proud to assist all three at a time when we need Democrats that will work with me to get things accomplished.”

“Steve’s long record of accomplishment as an advocate for South Bergen and in particular North Arlington to create jobs and a better economy is what residents expect. I am optimistic should we be successful we can seriously move forward with a walking and bike path at the banks of the Passaic River that will link the Arlington Diner to Riverside County Park and beyond,” noted Yampaglia.

Yampaglia has made the bike path and walking path proposal a centerpiece of his candidacy for mayor.

“This kind of economic investment will transform River Road into a real development opportunity that will add to our tax base in a public/private proposal that will be a win-win for NA residents.”

To contact Councilman Yampaglia, contact him (201) 602-2612.

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