TRENTON, NJ - The City of Elizabeth’s Councilwoman-At-Large, Patricia Perkins-Auguste, is one of five women recognized at the NJ State League of Municipalities’ at the Women in Municipal Government networking event on Wednesday.  

The event celebrated the 2019 Outstanding Women in Municipal Government Award recipients and the centennial of New Jersey’s ratification of the 19th Amendment extending the vote to women.

Secretary of State Tahesha Way and members of the NJLM Executive Board congratulated the 2019 winners. 

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The Five elected and professional officeholders were recognized for their contributions and dedicated service toward the advancement of women in municipal government. 

Perkins-Auguste is a career public servant currently in her 7th consecutive term as an at-large council representative and the only female member of the nine-member legislative governing body in Elizabeth.  The Councilwoman brings to the local governmental 25-plus years of solid experience in community building, leadership, organizational structure, professional, governmental and grassroots knowledge, and solutions for individuals, families, corporate and non-profit sectors throughout Elizabeth.

The 2019 winners of the Outstanding Women in Government Award are:

  • Wilda Diaz, Mayor, City of Perth Amboy
  • Maria DiGiovanni, Mayor, Town of Hackettstown
  • Kathleen Canestrino, Deputy Mayor, City of Hackensack
  • Patricia Perkins-Auguste, Councilwoman-At-Large, City of Elizabeth
  • Caroline Ehrlich, Chief of Staff; Executive Director, Woodbridge Redevelopment Agency, Township of Woodbridge

WIMG was established by the League of Municipalities’ Executive Board to encourage active involvement and full participation of elected female municipal officials in local government. is Elizabeth’s free daily news source. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on Facebook at and Twitter @TAPElizabeth. 

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