Bergenfield Councilman Rafael Marte Honored During Caribbean-American Heritage Month Celebration for Outstanding Public Service
Councilman Rafael Marte was honored for his outstanding public service this past Wednesday, June 18th, with a proclamation from Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco during their annual Caribbean Heritage Month celebration.
“I want to thank Councilman Rafael Marte for his tireless public service on behalf of the residents of Bergenfield,” said Mayor Arvin Amatorio. “In Bergenfield, we have a proud and vibrant Caribbean-American community and Councilman Marte is an excellent example of the impact this culture has on our community. We are fortunate to be a part of such a diverse and inclusive community and it is important that we celebrate this diversity.”
Caribbean-American Heritage Month is celebrated every June to honor the achievements and contributions of Caribbean immigrants and their descendants living in the United States, particularly in government, sports, entertainment, and the arts. Events are held throughout the month celebrating and educating the public about Caribbean-American history and culture.
“I am honored to have received this recognition for my public service on behalf of the residents of Bergenfield and the importance of the Caribbean-American community,” said Councilman Marte. “My family and I have made Bergenfield our home and gotten so involved in our community because we recognize what a great place this is to live. I will continue to work hard to deliver for the people of Bergenfield.”
Councilman Marte serves as the Chairman of the Bergenfield Department of Public Works and Parks Committee. He first served on the Bergenfield Council in 2013 when he was selected to replace Councilman Carlos Aguasvivas, who was chosen to replace mayor Timothy Driscoll after he unfortunately passed away in office. He was elected to his first full term in 2017, and is currently serving his second full term on the Bergenfield Council. Prior to this, Marte worked as a case manager for the Westchester County Department of Social Services in White Plains, N.Y., and also served as a member of the Library Board of Trustees and an alternate member of the Zoning Board of Adjustment.