Susan Pirro announced she will resign from the Secaucus Town Council effective January 1 as she continues her fight against breast cancer.
Pirro offered her resignation to the Council via a letter at a meeting on December 20. The Council subsequently voted to accept the resignation, with Mayor Michel Gonnelli saying, “It is with a very heavy heart that I accept the resignation of Councilwoman Pirro. I would have preferred for her to remain on the Council for many years to come.”
In her letter to the Council, Pirro said:
“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. … All of my energy must now be directed to winning this battle.”
Pirro was elected in 2010 and is only the third woman to serve on the Town Council in the 117-year history of Secaucus. She was easily reelected in 2014.
Mayor Gonnelli has announced that Huber Street School teacher Orietta Tringali will replace Pirro. The move will officially be announced at the town’s reorganization meeting on January 2.