Rochelle Park Township Committee

  Joseph Scarpa Frank Valenzuela Kenneth "Jay" Kovalcik
Jayme Ouellette Michael Kazimir

 

Mayor Joseph Scarpa has been a resident of Rochelle Park since 1971.

A graduate of Midland School and Hackensack High School, Scarpa went on to study political science at Seton Hall University. There, he was active in campus affairs, serving as the President of the Student Government Association. Scarpa also spent a semester interning on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Before graduating summa cum laude in 1988, he received the University Distinguished Service Medal and was inducted into the Pi Sigma Alpha National Honor Society.

Scarpa came home from college and ran successfully for Township Committee in 1990 at the age of 24. He was re-elected 7 times, 5 times without opposition. Scarpa was selected by his colleagues 11 times to serve as Mayor. He served as Mayor during Rochelle Park's 125th Anniversary in 1996, and throughout the devastation and rebuilding of Hurricane Floyd in 1999 and Hurricane Irene in 2011. He was inducted in the New Jersey Elected Officials Hall of Fame and Mayors' Hall of Fame in 2011.

Scarpa worked 8 years as the Chief Legislative Aide for State Senator Louis F. Kosco. He became the Borough Administrator in Bogota in 1997 and is currently serving his 14th year in that capacity in Emerson. He was recognized in 2003 by the New Jersey Municipal Managers Association for his "Outstanding Service to Local Government." He also worked as an Adjunct Professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University, where he earned a Master of Administrative Science degree in 1999. He taught classes on government ethics and government management.

Always concerned with helping youth, Scarpa served as the Vice President of the Rochelle Park Municipal Alliance Against Drug and Alcohol Abuse, as liaison to the Rochelle Park Recreation Committee, and as a CYO volunteer. For 22 years, he has volunteered his time to teach high school juniors about citizenship and government at the American Legion's Jersey Boys State civics program.

Scarpa is active in various other organizations including the Bergen County 200 Club and Rochelle Park Republican Club. He also served as Commissioner on the Bergen County Housing Authority for five years, Vice Chair on the Bergen County Housing Development Corporation, President of the Bergen County Republican Mayors' Association, and was named "Person of the Year" by Assemblywoman Rose Heck in 2000.


 

Frank Valenzuela was appointed to serve on the Township Committee due to a vacancy created when longtime Committeeman Richard LoCascio resigned because he relocated. He was elected in 2006 and re-elected in 2008 and 2011.

He had served as a volunteer member of the Planning Board, and as a Township Constable. He also serves as a member of the County Committee in his district since 2003.

As a County Committeeman, Valenzuela was very involved with the mobilization of his neighborhood in their challenge to the South City Grill’s Wednesday Jazz night. He presented evidence and testimony to the Zoning Board on several occasions that were essential for the victory in that court decision.

Valenzuela introduced a resolution in 2006 to have a public question placed on the November ballot regarding the proposed county acquisition of the Board of Social Services building on Rt. 17. This public question sent a direct message to the County of Bergen that this land grab through eminent domain was not supported by the people of Rochelle Park. It would have meant a tax loss of $260,000.

Frank has been married to his wife Davia for the past 15 years. Davia is a volunteer member of the Rochelle Park Recreation Committee. They have 3 children: a daughter attending Midland School, and twin sons. The Valenzuela family resides on Becker Avenue and are members of the Sacred Heart parish.

In addition to his services to this community, Frank was the Code Enforcement Official in the Borough of Closter and the Local Housing inspector in the Borough of Palisades Park. He holds a State license as a Housing Code Official, and hopes to utilize his experience/knowledge in those position to insure that Rochelle Park stays the small town, family oriented community that attracted him to Rochelle Park to raise his family.

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Deputy Mayor Jay Kovalcik a 39-year resident born and raised in Rochelle Park, works to enhance the 'small town' environment which he has come to love and cherish over the years. He has been an active member of the community dedicating his time to the Rochelle Park Planning Board and the Rochelle Park Republican Club for the past 7 years -- holding the office of Treasurer in the club the last three years.

Committeeman Kovalcik has two sons Konnor and Christian. 

Professionally, Mr. Kovalcik is a National Business Services Area Manager for Cingular Wireless, now the new AT&T. He has been employed there the past 13 years. He is responsible for the day to day operation for a 300+ employee call center located in Paramus with duties including budget balancing, quality and performance management, and human resource partnering.

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Committeewoman Jayme Ouellette was appointed to serve on the Township Committee in February 2011 due to a vacancy created by Committeewoman Phyllis Strohmeyer. 

Born and raised in Buffalo New York, Ms. Ouellette moved to Rochelle Park in 2000, where she resides with her husband Peter a lifelong resident of the township and daughter Megan.  She graduated from St. Elizabeth's College in Madison New Jersey with a BS in Business Administration and Computer Science.

Ms. Ouellette is a Training Manager in the pharmaceutical arena for over 15 years.  She currently works at Cegedim, located in Bedminster New Jersey, supporting one of their largest customers Novartis Pharmaceuticals.  Her background in Training Operations, learning management systems and customer service lends to a beneficial partnership.

Ms. Ouellette is very active within the Rochelle Park community. She has been an officer in the Rochelle Park Republican Club since 2000; she has coached recreational soccer, baseball and is an active volunteer for programs at The Church of the Sacred Heart in Rochelle Park.

Ms. Ouellette also served her country in the United States Air Force.