Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, Jr. was elected Secretary of the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA) Board of Trustees Monday during its annual reorganization meeting.

"The NJTPA plays an important role, overseeing the investment of billions of dollars in our region's transportation infrastructure and virtually all projects are designed with safety as a top priority," DiVincenzo said. "Just today, our Board approved nearly $51 million for safety projects, including an allocation for improvements in Essex County. I look forward to continuing this vital work for on behalf of Essex County and our region."

The NJTPA oversees regional transportation planning and authorizes more than $1 billion annually in federal surface transportation funding for 13 counties in northern and central New Jersey.

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The Executive Committee provides guidance and leadership to the full Board on a wide range of planning, policy and administrative issues and meets to review financial, personnel and policy matters.

Board membership is an unpaid position.

DiVincenzo, a Newark native, was elected as Essex County Executive in 2002 and joined the NJTPA Board of Trustees in 2003. He was first elected as a member of the Board's Executive Committee in 2010. Prior to becoming county executive, he served on the Essex County Freeholder Board, a position he was appointed to in 1990.

At the meeting, the NJTPA Board also selected four other members of its Executive Committee, including Union County Freeholder Angel Estrada, Chair; Hunterdon County Freeholder Matthew Holt; First Vice-Chair; and Passaic County Freeholder John Bartlett, Second Vice-Chair; and Morris County Freeholder Kathryn DeFillippo, Third Vice-Chair.