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New Jersey Senate President Pro-Tempore M. Teresa Ruiz (D-Newark). (Photo: Office of Senator Ruiz.)

Adubato Tribute: Teresa Ruiz

By David Wildstein, October 16 2020 9:59 am

Senate President Pro-Tempore Teresa Ruiz (D-Newark), a longtime friend and protégé, issued the following statement on the death of Newark leader Stephen Adubato, Sr.:

“Steve Adubato believed in Newark and more importantly, he believed in people. The legacy that he built from The North Ward Center impacted all of our families. From the early childhood development program, to Robert Treat Academy to Casa Israel. His vision invested in residents from the very young to the elderly to everyone in between. It was in one of those very classrooms that I nurtured my own love of education and understood the power it could have on children. Anyone who had an opportunity to spend time with him could share stories of laughter, banter and passionate fighting. Whether you agreed or disagreed with him, you couldn’t deny his political acumen. While physically he may be missed his everlasting impression will never be forgotten.”

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