William A. Dolan II, a longtime member of the New Jersey State Bar Judicial and Prosecutorial Appointments Committee, passed away on February 10. He was 87. He practiced law with Dolan & Dolan in Newton, along with his uncle, Bill Dolan, the last Democratic state senator from Sussex County. Marie Doyle, the first woman to win election to the Vineland City Council, died on February 13. She was 94. A
Anna Mae Woolery, a member of the Gloucester Township Democratic Club, passed away on February 12. She was 94.
Served in Franklin Township from 1967 to 1975
Ted Ferguson, a former Totowa councilman, passed away on February 5. He was 76. Ferguson served seven years on the council before resigning in late 1987 to move to Florida. An ally of Passaic County Republican Chairman Anthony “Red” Murphy, he was appointed councilman in 1981 to replace Thomas Carroll. John Beninati, a former secretary and treasurer of the Union County Young Republicans, died on February 10. He was 91.
Jeff Kasoff, a who served twelve years as an Englewood Cliffs councilman, passed away on February 6. He was 86. Kasoff was elected in 1997 and re-elected in 2000, 2003 and 2006. He did not seek re-election to a fourth term in 2009. Amanda DuBuske, a longtime Democratic activist in Jersey City, died on February 6. She was 92.
Betty Lori, a former president of the Dover Women’s Republican Club, died on February 4. She served as a Republican county committeewoman, as a commissioner of the Morris County Public Library, and as a secretary in the Morris County welfare and probation departments.
Governor signs executive order
Joseph Lipari, a former butcher who became mayor of Passaic from 1983 until 1992, died on January 31. He was 83. Lipari was a city councilman from 1977 to 1983. He left office following his conviction on tax evasion and conspiracy charges. Barbara Angster Baker Wyatt, a Woodbridge Board of Education member from 1968 to 1971, died on February 2. She was 89. She served as a Woodbridge Housing Authority
ASSEMBLYWOMAN VALERIE VAINIERI HUTTLE "I will always remember her as a tenacious fighter for equality, she gave voice to so many who felt they were voiceless and reminded us how one person can change the world with a little push . I think one of her proudest moments was last May when she pressed the green button at my desk on the Assembly floor to vote Yes for the birth
Former Democratic National Committeewoman was national leader in fight for transgender equality