Joseph Scarpa

Township of Rochelle Park
151 West Passaic St , Rochelle Park, NJ 07662
 Tel: 201-587-7730  Fax: 201-556-0581
Building Dept

Code Book

Flood Protection
Forms & Permits
General Information

Health Dept

Job Postings
Municipal Clerk's Office
Municipal Court Office

New Residents
Planning Board
Public Assistance
Public Notice

Public Safety

Senior Center

Town Historian

Town Wide Events
Township Committee
Township Library

Township Map
Township Meetings
Township Officials
Township Email/Phone List
Zoning Board

Important Links

Rochelle Park Businesses


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 8 times, 6 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.  No person has served more consecutive years on the Township Committee in the history of Rochelle Park.  In addition, Scarpa has been inducted into both the NJ League of Municipalities Elected Officials’ Hall of Fame and the Mayors’ Hall of Fame. 

Additionally, Scarpa worked 10 years as the Chief Legislative Aide for then-State Senator Louis F. Kosco.  He was the Borough Administrator in Bogota from 1997-2000, and is currently serving there in that capacity once again.  From 2000-2013 he was the Borough Administrator in Emerson, and became the longest-serving Administrator in the Pascack Valley during that span. 

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 he earned a Master of Administrative Science degree in 1999.  He taught classes on government ethics and governmental management.

In 2013, Scarpa ran for State Assembly in District 38 and lost to the incumbent by 35 votes out of more than 56,000 ballots cast -- the closest race in state history.

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, an organization that helps the families of fallen emergency service personnel, the Bergen County Republican Mayors’ Association, and the Rochelle Park Republican Club.  He also served as volunteer 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.




Need a website? Contact ADR New Jersey, LLC , 201-556-9410, or