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Stephen Adubato, Sr., left, with Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo. (Photo: Pat Sebold via Facebook.)

Adubato Tribute: Joe DiVincenzo

By David Wildstein, October 16 2020 8:41 am

Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr., a longtime friend and protégé, issued the following statement on the death of Newark leader Stephen Adubato, Sr.:

“I have known Steve for well over 40 years. He was a mentor for me when I worked at The North Ward Center and when I entered government. Some people may not have liked Steve’s aggressive style, but he was a forward thinker and a tireless advocate for the City of Newark and its residents. Known as the city’s ‘Second Mayor,’ Steve was a major influence in calming relations and stabilizing the city after the riots and had the foresight to create The North Ward Center, which for generations has provided recreation and education programs to children, kept senior citizens engaged in their community and supported working class adults with workforce training to lift themselves into a better life. Those were his lifelong ambitions – to improve the city which he loved dearly and help all those who lived here. Today is a sad day because we have lost a visionary, a father, a leader and, most of all, a very dear friend.”

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