SECAUCUS -- State, county, and local officials gathered on Tuesday morning to unveil the renaming of New County Road to "Paul Amico Way," after the former mayor of Secaucus who served 14 consecutive two-year terms. Amico is 99 years old.
"Today we have the privilege and the honor to name New County Road after Mayor Amico," said Secaucus Mayor Michael Gonnelli. "We are all so proud of what you have done and continue to do for this town."
Gonnelli said during his remarks that it was County Executive Thomas DeGise's idea to rename New County Road. DeGise approached the mayor and asked if he had any suggestions for someone worthy of a street name.
"All throughout Hudson County the name Amico is synonymous with great public service," noted DeGise. He thanked all of the current and former public officials present for the ceremony including Assemblyman Vincent Prieto, Hudson County Sheriff Frank Schillari, Former Secaucus Mayor Richard Steffens, and others present including the current council members.
A representative from Senator Robert Menendez's office read a proclamation issued by his office commending Mayor Amico for his dedication and service to Secaucus.
"It is an honor," said Mayor Amico. "It wasn't something I was expecting but very much appreciated."
Amico, 99, served as mayor of Secaucus for a total of 28 years, from 1963 until his retirement in 1991. He arrived in Secaucus at the age of six from Little Italy in New York City. He celebrates his 100th birthday next April.
Amico is known for transitioning Secaucus from farm country to a business center while retaining the residential feel.