At the Secaucus Town Council meeting last night, Mayor Michael J. Gonnelli had a letter read into the record that was received from Councilwoman Susan Pirro, resigning her Third Ward Council seat as of January 1, 2018. This was followed by a vote of the Council to accept her resignation. Mayor Gonnelli states, "It is with a very heavy heart that I had to accept the resignation of Councilwoman Pirro. I would have preferred for her to remain on the Council for many years to come."


The Mayor continued that, "Councilwoman Pirro has been battling cancer for the past year and has made a determination that she needs put all of her efforts into getting better. As usual, Susan has placed the needs of the Town above herself. She could have opted to remain on the Council, however, made the determination that stepping down would be the right thing to do for the Town, even though she could have benefitted from remaining on the Council. Councilwoman Pirro is the bravest person I know."

The letter of resignation was read into the record by fellow Third Ward Councilman, William McKeever. Following the reading of the letter, every Councilman spoke about their love and respect for Councilwoman Pirro and unanimously agreed the Council would not be the same without her.

"Susan has been a key part of my Team for seven years and attacks all issues before her with passion. There is no doubt she is a special person and this is a sad day for me," stated Gonnelli.

The Town Council will have a reorganization meeting on January 2, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in Council Chambers I, at which time, the Council will move to appoint Councilwoman Pirro's replacement. At last nights council meeting, Mayor Gonnelli announced his choice will be Orietta Tringali.

 Please see below for the letter from Councilwoman Susan Pirro: 

Thank you, Mayor.

I'd like to start by thanking everyone for their support. The prayers, cards, flowers and good wishes have helped my family and I tremendously and we want everyone to know how much we sincerely appreciate all of you.

I want to thank my family- my mother, my daughters and my son-in­ law, my brothers and sisters- for all their love, patience and caring. I also want to thank the Mayor and my fellow council members for helping fill in for me during my absence and for their love and support as well.

This struggle [h]as been going on for well over a year now. This past June I received very encouraging test results indicating that I was finally winning this battle. However, further test results were not as optimistic.

It has been a most satisfying experience to serve not only the Third Ward but our entire community on the Town Council, and I was excited to resume being part of the effort in making sure Secaucus continues to move forward. But, at the present time, I am not physically able to do so. Therefore, it is with a very heavy heart that I must resign my office as Third Ward Councilwoman effective January 1, 2018.

It has been an incredible honor to serve my town on the council, and an honor to serve with such a dedicated Mayor and Council, municipal officials and staff, and all the volunteers with which I have had the pleasure to serve.

All of my energy must now be directed to winning this battle. Hopefully, in the not too distant future, I will once again be able to direct my efforts towards an even greater Secaucus.

Thank you all. God Bless you and Merry Christmas.