Newark schools employee is appointed to fill vacant Essex County freeholder seat
August 11, 2011 by admin
ESSEX COUNTY — The Essex County Democratic Committee appointed Leonard Luciano last night to fill the freeholder seat left vacant by Linda Lordi Cavanaugh. Luciano, a Democrat from West Caldwell, will represent District 4 on the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders, which includes the Caldwells, Cedar Grove, Essex Fells, Fairfield, Livingston, Millburn, Roseland, Verona and West Orange.
Luciano was the only nominee, committee chairman Philip Thigpen said today.
Cavanaugh officially retired at the beginning of the month and Luciano was widely expected to fill the unexpired term.
Luciano, 30, has been an Essex County Utilities Authority commissioner for four years.
He will fill the freeholder seat until November when he will face Republican opponent Joseph Chiusolo, 50, the deputy mayor of Cedar Grove, in the general election.
Born in Livingston, Luciano lives in West Caldwell and works as a library media specialist for Newark Public Schools.