Committeeman
Joseph Scarpa

Township of Rochelle Park
151 West Passaic St , Rochelle Park, NJ 07662
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Committeeman
Joseph Scarpa

Joseph Scarpa 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 Society.

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 in 1999.

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.

jscarpa@rochelleparknj.gov

 

                                                                               

                                

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