LEONIA, N.J. — Former Leonia Mayor Robert Pacicco (D) has been appointed by Governor Christie to the bi-partisan, autonomous New Jersey Council on Local Mandates.
Pacicco and only three other members statewide were appointed by the governor and approved by the state Legislature.
The Leonia lifer — who was appointed in December — takes the position with one goal in mind.
“I want to protect the rights of the citizens of the State of New Jersey,” said Pacicco, who was elected to the Leonia Borough Council in 1977 at 24 years old.
The board rules on unfunded mandates enacted by state lawmakers regarding municipalities and other entities.
Due to the 2% spending cap, the state isn't allowed to force municipalities to raise property taxes through a unfunded mandate.
“We are entrusted with a constitutional power to ensure that residents are protected from unfair or politically motivated tax increases,” he said.
The former mayor has long had a passion for bettering his communities, said Pacicco, who is the president of Pacicco & Company, and Claudelle, LLC.
Pacicco was instrumental in bringing the first comprehensive multiple sclerosis care unit to Holy Name Hospital in Teaneck.
He also helped establish Shelter Our Sisters — an outreach program for battered women and their children — during his term as mayor in 1987. The program is still in place today as the Center for Hope and Safety.
“I always believed in a good government objective,” Pacicco said.
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