BRIDGEWATER - NJ - The Somerset County Business Partnership has selected Somerville attorney Michael V. Camerino as the 66th Somerset County Outstanding Citizen of the Year.
The award is given annually to Somerset County’s premier community leader. The Outstanding Citizen is the county’s most prestigious individual reward for community and business activities, awarded to one person who has done the most to make Somerset County a special place.
Camerino will be honored at a dinner reception on Thursday, May 5, 2016, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Bridgewater Marriott, 700 Commons Way in Bridgewater, New Jersey.
Of Counsel at the prestigious Somerville law firm of Mauro, Savo, Camerino, Grant & Schalk, P.A., Camerino’s practice focuses on the areas of banking, municipal, commercial, and real estate law.
“Mike Camerino’s accomplishments have made a difference in many areas that impact all of Somerset County’s residents, making him a very worthy honoree,” commented Mike Kerwin, President/CEO of the Business Partnership.
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"Mr. Camerino has been an integral part of the Somerset County community for many years, making countless contributions to its exceptional quality of life," said Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli, R-16th. "Through his professional endeavors and numerous involvements with various local organizations, (he) has demonstrated exemplary commitment to serving the residents of Somerset County.”
Camerino served as chair of RideWise, directing the organization to an independent non-profit, updating the strategic plan, and establishing himself and the organization as leaders in transportation management in New Jersey.
With his understanding that the private sector should drive its own agenda, he was a strong advocate and valuable contributor to the development of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for Somerset County that focused on the need for job creation and investment.
Under his chairmanship of the Employees Legislative Committee (ELC), Camerino established a working relationship with the business community that served to engage legislative leaders in the issues that need to be addressed to continue to make Somerset County more competitive.
He served as a member of the Somerset County Unit of the American Cancer Society Board of Directors; chairman of the Somerset Raritan Exchange Club; and board member of the Care to Share Support Network. Currently he serves as trustee of the K-9 Soldiers Board; vice-president of the Central Jersey Housing Resource Center; and member of the Business Partnership participating on the Sustainability and Legislative Affairs committees.
A veteran who served in Vietnam, he has been a strong advocate for and contributor to the two visits of the American Veterans Travelling Tribute to North Branch Park in Bridgewater.
The dinner honoring the Citizen of the Year continues the more than six-decade long tradition of bringing the community together to honor an individual’s volunteer efforts in support of the community.
The Outstanding Citizen of the Year award was first presented in 1950 to Somerville Mayor Howard Lyons who also served as president and director of the Somerville Trust Company.
Admission paid before Friday, April 29, 2016 is $110 for Business Partnership members and their guests. Non-member admission is $150. Deadline for reservations is Monday, May 2, 2016.
Reservations may be made by calling the Business Partnership at (908-218-4300) or ordering online at http://bit.ly/2016citizen .
The Business Partnership provides an opportunity to congratulate the recipient with an advertisement in the Awards Journal. Information on the ad journal is available at by calling 908-218-4300.