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Welcome to the Hasbrouck Heights Republican Club Web Site!

We extend our thanks to all of our loyal supporters who came out to vote on Tuesday, June 2nd. We, the Republicans for Responsible Government team, worked together with honor and integrity on behalf of all the people of Hasbrouck Heights.

Although one of the members of our team did not receive the majority of the votes cast, we will all nonetheless continue to work for the betterment of the Borough of Hasbrouck Heights.

As you all know, the Council should remain a majority of Republicans for Responsible Government since there are no other Council Candidates. Two of us, Russell Lipari and Peter Traina Jr., will join with Council Members Justin DiPisa, Sonya Buckman, David Gonzalez and Pamela J. Link to continue the work in progress on Jan. 1, 2016. Rose Heck will continue to be supportive and available to us as the six of us follow through on the projects to be completed and continue to uphold the highest of standards.

We know this will be an unusual time as we approach the November election, but rest assured we will perform our duties and prepare for the work we must do to keep Hasbrouck Heights the best it can be. As we continue to learn from the past, improve the present and plan for the future we will continue to work hard, come up with new ideas, and keep you informed and involved.

We extend our sincere thanks to all of our supporters and offer our appreciation to all for your good wishes and hard work.

Mayor Rose Heck, Councilman Russell Lipari and Council Candidate Peter Traina Jr.
Republicans for Responsible Government


Meet your June 2nd Primary *Column 1*

Republicans for Responsible Government Candidates


Mayor Rose Marie Heck
Rose who was born Rose Marie Ciccolella (her mother: Anna nee: Califano and father Gennaro Thomas Ciccolella in Saint Mary's Hospital in Hoboken) . She and her husband Raymond Heck moved to Hasbrouck Heights in 1962 with their three little girls; Nancy, Laury and Rosemary. Then in 1964 their daughter Suzan was born. They have a total of eight grandchildren; six boys and two girls. 
• Rose attended Our Lady of Grace Parochial School and The Academy of the Sacred Heart; both taught by Sisters of Charity. She briefly attended Seton Hall University until her mother became ill.
• She lost her husband of 45 years to cancer on Dec. 24, 2001. 
• From the very beginning, Rose became active in the Rosary Society while Ray instituted and coached the boys Basketball Team at Corpus Christi.
• She was asked to become involved with the Republican organization and that very year (1962 the year she moved to Hasbrouck Heights) became involved with the Gus Odeane-Bill Cavalier Council Campaign. She always had the full support of her husband.
• She subsequently became a County Committeewoman; then Municipal Chair; a staff member of The Observer (retired after 30 years as Editor, Publisher, Advertising Director, etc.); Contemporary Club President; Woman's Club President; Advisor the Junior Woman's Club; Corpus Christi Parents Assn. Cafeteria Mother; Publicity Chair and Parliamentarian and member of the Corpus Christi Concerned Parents Assn.; Girl Scout Leader for eight years and for several years served as Public Relations Instructor for the Bergen County Girl Scouts; President of the Chamber of Commerce (first woman served for three years) as well as 12 years as Parade and Treasure Hunt Chair and 14 years as Publicity Chair and started and was in charge of the Chambers Annual Sidewalk Sale for many years; Corpus Christi Sunday School Teacher, Lector, "The Voice of the Corpus Christi Carnival" (you have to ask her about that one); a founding member of the Friends of the Library, and Civic Activist (as the Record once dubbed her when Rose fought for the children and people of the community to utilize Woodland Park for concerts, sports events for the children, community theatre projects, etc.).
• She was asked by the Republican Woman's Club to run for Council, she did, she became the first woman to serve in the Borough's 93 year history, three years later Mayor Bill Imken supported her to be his replacement on the Council. She served one term on the Council and two as Mayor till January 1996.
• She then was asked to serve as a BCUA Commissioner because of her work as Mayor, where she served as The Commissioner of Resource Recovery and her work with recycling (she served there for two years and among other things, helped to prevent the incinerator from being built next to the PSE&G building in Ridgefield Park).
• In 1991 she was asked to run as the replacement for Assemblyman Pat Schuber, and was elected and sworn into the Assembly in 1991 and elected six times after that, completing 13 years of service. Her successful completions of projects are too numerous to mention here, as is the work she has done for the Borough of Hasbrouck Heights. She was the recipient of the Elks Woman of the Year Award, The HH Men's Association Citizen of the Year Award and the recipient of the V.F.W. local, district and State Volunteer of the Year Award, and the Lifetime Silver Medal awarded her by the N.J. State P.B.A. A list of her awards and accomplishments can be seen on her web site along with other information and photos on her web site: www.RoseHeck.com.
• Rose's years of service continued through the 13 years she served in the New Jersey Assembly where she earned statewide recognition for her leadership abilities. She is credited with the establishment of the Hudson Bergen Light Rail System through her leadership and chairmanship of the New Jersey Bipartisan Light Rail Committee, having been appointed by Speaker of the House Chuck Haytaian. Her work on the HBLRT and the Southern Jersey Light Rail known as the River Line is well documented. She continues that work as Chair of the New Jersey Association of Light Rail Passengers (NJ-ARP) Light Rail Panel.
• She held statewide meetings on Child Abuse and Neglect and among her many bills to aid children she introduced the bill supported by Governor Christine Todd Whitman that established Four Regional Child Abuse and Neglect Diagnostic and Treatment Centers in the State of New Jersey; The Audrey Hepburn Children's House at Hackensack University Medical Center being one of them. She received a national award for her work in this area. The Audrey Hepburn's Children's House has served over 10,000 children since it opened.
* She authored a bill to aid Libraries that was signed into law by Governor Christine Todd Whitman. It provided a $45 Million Dollar Matching Grant Program to aid the improvement of Libraries throughout the State. Libraries throughout the State of New Jersey, including Hasbrouck Heights, benefited and continue to send letters of thanks to her for this landmark bill.
• As a member of the community she has worked with almost every volunteer group, has judged various contests, Chaired numerous events, For three decades Chaired the Contemporary Club's Board of Education Candidates Night, served on the Library Board, Planning Board, Zoning Board (was chair) and was Chair of the Environmental and Transportation Commission, having introduced the enhanced recycling program, shredding program, and introduced the Children's Environmental Poster Contest that continues annually, Mayors Celebrations Committee, Bicentennial Committee, grants person for over 30 years, representative to the TANAAC for numerous years, Chair and/or member of the Southwest Community Development Block Grants Committee (CDBGC), Chair and/or Vice Chair of the Countywide CDBGC and is currently the First Vice President of the Bergen County League of Mayors.
• Rose Heck worked to obtain the grant that helped establish the Senior Center, and the first Community Service Bus for Hasbrouck Heights. She also initiated the work on the Senior Citizens Housing Unit on Franklin/Hamilton Avenues. She put together and led a study team to develop the plan that brought about the grant monies to build the 33 unit Senior Housing that is now under the authority of the Bergen County Housing Authority. The land still belongs to the Borough of Hasbrouck Heights.
• In the 2007 Campaign for Mayor she helped put together "A Fresh Start in 2008." 
The Successful Mayor's Committees she formed include: The Research Committee, The Mayor's Youth Committee, The Mayors Senior Citizens Committee and the Mayor's Business community Committee (through that committee she brought about the Annual Street Fair costs covered by donations from business sponsors; having now its seventh year and.
Her monthly Mayor's report can be found on the Borough's Web Site and outlines the myriad of work she has done. 
She continues to be available to meet with residents weekly in the Library on Saturday mornings from 10 to noon when it is open and when the library is closed Saturdays during the summer months she meets on Monday nights from 7 to 8 p.m.


Councilman Rosario "Russell" Lipari

Born and raised in Jersey City with two sisters; Connie & Netta. Married his high school sweetheart, Rosalie and shared 39 years together before her passing. Raised his children in Hasbrouck Heights; Marybeth and Fr. Anthony, FCM and have two grandchildren, Joseph and Christina.

Why Hasbrouck Heights? - Being raised in Hudson County, was aware of the Pay to Play way of life and when the family out grew the apartment, decided to find a new home. His sister Netta and her family had moved to the Heights the previous year and always spoke of the great services and lifestyle in the town - A great family friendly community to raise their children. Decision made.
Studied at Manhattan Institute of Technology - Mechanical Engineering. Winner of the George E. Hoe Award for Outstanding Design four (4) Years.
Former Senior Account Executive for Whitman Co. and sole owner of Design Consultants LLC for the past 29 Years. Sixty years of plumbing and fire protection design and engineering experience, with New York and New Jersey consulting engineering firms.
Designed a wide spectrum of building types; prisons, commercial, industrial, retail, residential, recreational, educational, transportation, hospitals, laboratories, hotels, schools, health care projects and sewage treatment plants.
Designed and supervised construction of the $4,300,000 Fire/Life Safety project for 16 buildings at the Jamesburg Training School for Boys.
Was selected by The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to design the fire protection system, compressed air and drainage pumps for the PATH Tubes (Ground Zero), a $16 billion plumbing project.
Joined the design team that brought his firm "Engineering Excellence Awards" for projects such as the Bucknell University Field House, Presbyterian Homes, Lenox China Corporate Headquarters and the East Windsor Municipal Building. Of his most notable achievements in fire protection was the system he designed for the Hudson County Jail while it was still occupied with prisoners. He also supervised the project's construction on a daily basis.
Recipient of Honorary Awards; ASPE Presidential Award, ASPE Outstanding Member, The Board of Education -Vocational Schools in the County of Middlesex in 1992 for dedication and commitment as a member of the Advisory Committee and from The Port of Authority - New York / New Jersey for work in designing a project for Ground Zero from 2001 to 2003.
Parishioner of Corpus Christi Church
Past Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus
Society of Fire Protection Engineers
Division of National Fire Protection Association
Member of Hasbrouck Heights Republican Club
Mayor's Research Committee
Hasbrouck Heights Planning Board
Senior Citizens Ombudsman
Former Deputy Commissioner of Parks, Public Facilities & Transportation
Commissioner of Department of Health and Land Use
Deputy Commissioner of Fire, Streets & Sanitation



Peter Traina Jr

Peter has been a true lifelong resident of Hasbrouck Heights for 27 years and counting.
During his youth, he was a part of the Hasbrouck Heights Recreation and Aviator Soccer communities; Cub scouts on up to starting the Eagle Scout, Little League from T-Ball through the major leagues, and continued on to the Babe Ruth League.
He attended Hasbrouck Heights High school where he played Soccer, Basketball, Baseball and Winter Track all as he pursued his academic career. During junior year of high school, he attended the National Youth Leadership Conference in Washington DC. In that same junior year, Peter was nominated and attended the American Legion Boy's State. He was part of countless clubs and activities with the Italian Club, Wood Shop and the school play to name a few. During Senior year, he was on the Executive Committee, which carried out an executed the planning of the Senior Luncheon, fundraising for the class and the Senior Prom.
After High School, he brought his athletic knowledge to coaching, where he coached Hasbrouck Heights Aviators, Hasbrouck Heights Little League, and Hasbrouck Heights Little League All-Stars and eventually up to the Varsity High School Boys Soccer Team. During his coaching stint in the Little League, he became the youngest coach in NJ to win a District All Star Championship, an exceptional honor.
For college, Peter attended William Paterson University, and earned a Bachelor's of Arts in Sociology. It was during those years that he worked as a Security Officer at Hackensack University Medical Center. Following that Peter transitioned to the finance sector. He currently works at The Bank of New York Mellon, right in the heart of the Financial District and the World Trade Center.
In Peter's free time, he can be seen working in his garage on different projects from wood working to restoring antiques, or down at Depken Field, playing softball in the Hasbrouck Heights Men's League. He also is active in volunteer work donating time, blood or any effort to diabetes research as he was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in 2012.
He is a member of the Hasbrouck Heights Republican Club and recently joined the Mayor's Celebrations Committee.
Peter made the decision to run for council after years of being involved in the community, and now he wants to continue in " the traditions of this great town that helped form me" by giving back to his hometown of Hasbrouck Heights by giving service to the community by joining the Republicans for Responsible Government Team of Council Members. Peter wants to encourage members of his generation by encouraging them to be more involved in service to the community. He says, "My involvement and knowledge will expand in diversified areas as I work, learn, meet new people and continue to form great bonds in my hometown."


Mayor Rose Heck & Council Candidates Rosario "Russell" Lipari and Peter Traina Jr.

with Campaign Co-Chairs Matt Steeg, Charlotte Sodora & Donna Gasser  


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