Bio for 2019 Council Election

I am proud to call Hasbrouck Heights my home! I moved to Hasbrouck Heights with my late husband, Nicholas, and our son, Lee, in 1995.  After many months of searching for a home to raise our two- year old son, we happily settled in Hasbrouck Heights. It was here that Nick and I found the values, the atmosphere and the educational system that we felt were crucial in raising a family.

In those 24 years of living in this fine community, I have been active in many school, church and civic organizations.  While Lee attended the public schools, I was a member of the Euclid School PTA, the Hasbrouck Heights Middle School High School PTSA and the Music Parents’ Association.  In addition, I was elected to the Board of Education and served from 2006-2012, where I acted as President from 2011-2012, Vice President from 2009-2010, Technology Chair, Education Chair, Community Relations Committee (Key Communicators), Policy Committee, Special Education Committee, Representative to the BCSBA and Board Liaison to the Middle School (PTA Liaison). I also was the Liaison to the Mayor and Council from 2006-2007.

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I am a parishioner of Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Church.  It is here that I volunteer as a Collection Counter. I am a member of the Rosary Society and have been a lector for the parish in the past as well. In addition, I volunteer for Meals with a Mission, preparing food for those less fortunate.

During my years as a resident of Hasbrouck Heights, I have been a co-chair for Relay for Life.  I was also elected as a member of the County Committee. The Hasbrouck Heights Contemporary Club is another fine organization that I am a member of. 

Serving on the Council these past three years has been a remarkable experience for me. During my term, I have held the positions of Commissioner of Recreation, Deputy Commissioner of Public Safety, Deputy Commissioner of the Fire Department, Deputy Commissioner of the Police Department, Library Liaison, and Commissioner of Social Services. 

I have been teaching since 1979.  My early years of teaching were in Catholic schools.  In 1989, I was hired by the Little Ferry Public School system where I am presently an eighth grade ELA Reading teacher.  During my many years of educating the youth, I have been honored by receiving Teacher of the Year, as well as Teacher of the Week.  My professional associations include the Little Ferry Education Association, the Bergen County Education Association, the New Jersey Education Association and the National Education Association.

My educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts from Villanova University and a Master of Science in Educational Technology from Ramapo College.  In addition, I also earned graduate credits from St. Peter’s College and Columbia University.

Keeping Hasbrouck Heights a safe and welcoming community is a goal that I continue to have.  I hope to continue and improve upon the many services the residents of our town enjoy and expect.

It has been a wonderful journey for me living in Hasbrouck Heights. My son, Lee, now 26, and I have witnessed personally the generosity, kindness and thoughtfulness of the residents of this great community, especially after the sudden death of my husband, Nick in 2001.  It would be an honor and a privilege to continue to serve this community once again, as your Councilwoman.

Respectfully submitted,

Josephine Ciocia