Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-Paterson) says that he is grieving the passing of his very good friend, former Senate President Carmen Orechio. Orechio died today at the age of 91.
“Carmen was a great politician but an even better human being. Carmen was so effective because he understood that people always come first. He won so many close races because the citizens of Essex County knew they could count on him,” Pascrell said. “Carmen rose to the top of state politics through hard work and scrupulous honesty. He is a credit to the town of Nutley, to the state of New Jersey, and to his Italian heritage. I’ll remember Carmen most for his willingness to always help a friend, his sense of humor, and his unshakeable loyalty to his New York Yankees.”
Pascrell was elected to his first term in the State Assembly the year Orechio won his last Senate term.