North Bergen Housing Authority official honored for pandemic work

Jacqui Farley is the first ever recipient of the Hero Leadership Award

North Bergen Housing Authority (NBHA) Tenant Services Assistant and Nurse Jacqui Farley has received the first ever Hero Leadership Award.

The Hudson Reporter profiled Farley for her work in the first round of COVID-19 testing at the NBHA senior buildings.

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First ever recipient

The award was presented by the Supportive Housing Association of New Jersey for Farley’s dedication to keeping residents as safe and informed as possible during the COVID-19 health crisis.

In her role as a nurse, Farley helps numerous seniors and disabled residents dealing with diabetes and hypertension by providing screenings throughout the year. She is bilingual, which is invaluable when dealing with the diverse population the NBHA serves.

“I am pleased to see a member of our NBHA staff recognized for the remarkable job that they have done protecting our most vulnerable residents during a pandemic,” said Mayor Nicholas Sacco. “The NBHA has provided a model for all housing authorities from the beginning of this crisis for how to handle a health emergency and how to limit the spread of COVID-19. By testing all residents and instituting strict protocols, many lives have been saved.”

According to the township, the NBHA has saved countless lives by instituting safety protocols from the onset of the health crisis and has tested more than 1,000 people. Seniors can get tested on Dec. 8 and 11 at no charge.

“Jaqui is an invaluable member of our staff and is one of our many heroes who have kept residents healthy and safe during this unprecedented health challenge,” said NBHA Executive Director Gerald Sanzari. “It is because of the dedication and leadership of staff like Jaqui that we have been able to mitigate the impact the virus has had in our buildings despite the difficult challenge.”

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