has been a resident of Rochelle Park since 1971.
A graduate of Midland
School and Hackensack High School, Scarpa went on to study political
science at Seton Hall University.
There, he was active in campus affairs, serving as the President
of the Student Government Association.
Scarpa also spent a semester interning on Capitol Hill in
Washington, DC. Before
graduating summa cum laude in 1988, he received the University Distinguished
Service Medal and was inducted into the Pi Sigma Alpha National Honor
Scarpa came home from
college and ran successfully for Township Committee in 1990 at the age
of 24. He was re-elected 7
times, 5 times without opposition.
Scarpa was selected by his colleagues 11 times to serve as Mayor.
He served as Mayor during Rochelle Park’s 125th
Anniversary in 1996, and throughout the devastation of Hurricane Floyd
Scarpa worked 9 years
as the Chief Legislative Aide for State Senator Louis F. Kosco.
He became the Borough Administrator in Bogota in 1997 and is
currently serving his 10th year in that capacity in Emerson.
He was recognized in 2003 by the New Jersey Municipal Managers
Association for his “Outstanding Service to Local Government.”
He also worked as an Adjunct Professor at Fairleigh Dickinson
University, where has earned a Master of Administrative Science degree
in 1999. He taught classes
on government ethics and government management.
Always concerned with
helping youth, Scarpa served as the Vice President of the Rochelle Park
Municipal Alliance Against Drug and Alcohol Abuse, as liaison to the
Rochelle Park Recreation Committee, and as a CYO volunteer.
For 22 years, he has volunteered his time to teach high school
juniors about citizenship and government at the American Legion’s Jersey
Boys State Civics Program.
Scarpa is active in
various other organizations including the Bergen County 200 Club and
Rochelle Park Republican Club.
He also served as Commissioner on the Bergen County Housing
Authority for 5 years, Vice Chair on the Bergen County Housing
Development Corporation, President of the Bergen County Republican
Mayors’ Association, and was named “Person of the Year” by Assemblywoman
Rose Heck in 2000.