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Alfred R. Russo. (Photo: Costello-Greiner Funeral Home.)

Alfred Russo, Woodbridge law director, Senate aide, dies at 77

By David Wildstein, April 29 2021 1:20 pm

Alfred R. Russo, a lawyer who worked in the administrations of four Woodbridge mayors, died on April 27.  He was 77.

Russo served as a legislative aide to State Sen. John J. Fay, Jr. (D-Woodbridge) from 1974 until 1977, when Fay lost the Democratic primary to an off the line challenge from Laurence Weiss.

He began his municipal government career as a part-time employer in the township comptroller’s office in the early 1960s while attending Seton Hall University.

Later, after working in the private sector and attending Seton Hall law school, Russo returned to Woodbridge as a lawyer and later running the Consumer Affairs office.  He served as the township’s law director.

He lost his post in 1983, when Republican Phil Cerra ousted Democratic Mayor Joseph DeMarino.

Cerria and DeMarino both died last year.

Russo practiced law in Woodbridge for nearly 50 years.

Russo is survived by his wife of 54 years, Patricia Pannone Russo, four children and his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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