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Victor Cirilo
Victor CiriloCouncilman Victor Cirilo

Victor Cirilo will serve on the council from 2010 to 2018.
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Biography

I was born in San Salvador, El Salvador. My family immigrated to the United States when I was 9 years old and grew up in West New York before moving to West Orange. Impressed with West Orange's quality of life and rich diversity, my wife Erin and I purchased a home at 55 Benvenue Avenue.


Education and Business
I attended Montclair State University and earned an undergraduate degree in Political Science. I am also a “cum laude” graduate of Rutgers University with a Masters Degree in Public Administration.

Professionally, I am the Executive Director of the Housing Authority of the City of Passaic, an organization with a $28 million dollar budget and 60 employees. The agency's main purpose is to manage 700 subsidized housing units and assist over 1,500 families with private rental market subsidies. I actively participate in the industry's interest group as a Vice-President of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials New Jersey chapter.

Community and Civic Involvement

In the past, I have served as the Chairman of the West Orange Public Library Board and of the West Orange Valley Neighborhood Revitalization Committee. I have also served as a Trustee for the West Orange Public Library Foundation and was a member of the West Orange Watchung Heights Neighborhood Revitalization Committee. Additionally, I served as field director for Senator Menendez’s Suburban Essex County campaign and as Chief of Staff to Assemblyman John F. McKeon.

In 2005, I was awarded the All American Young Man Award by the Hispanics for Progress Organization of the Oranges and in 2007, I was honored as a Grand Marshall of the New Jersey Hispanic Parade.

In 2010, I was elected to the West Orange Township Council, where I have assisted in crafting three out of four 0% tax increase budgets and together with Mayor Robert Parisi have scaled back municipal expenditures to 2008 spending levels. As Councilman, I have served on the Boards of the Downtown West Orange Alliance, the John Renna Senior Citizen House, and the Degnan Senior Citizen House, where I enjoy working to address issues affecting seniors enjoying their golden years. In 2012, I was honored by the West Orange Community House and Boy's & Girls Club as the Councilman of the Year.

I am a member of the National Young Elected Officials Network and in 2011 was invited to the White House to meet with President Barak Obama as part of the organization. Lastly, I am a Board Member of Family Connections, which is an organization that seeks to reduce child abuse, drug abuse, gang involvement, and crime by increasing social and coping skills, school success, and employability.


Family

My wife Erin and I live at 55 Benvenue Avenue, across the street from St. Joseph’s Church where we were married.