Hon. AUGUSTO AMADOR
Born in Murtosa, Portugal, on January 1, 1949, Mr. Amador graduated from High School in Portugal before he emigrated to the United States of America on January 31, 1966 and attended Rutgers University. In 1969, he began his professional career at PSEG, from where he retired in 2003.
In 1992, was elected to the Newark Board of Education becoming, as a result, the first Portuguese-American to serve as an elected official in the City of Newark. In his long career of public service, Mr. Amador was appointed to the Newark Parking Authority as a Commissioner in 1994; was appointed Deputy-Mayor of the City of Newark by Mayor Sharpe James in 1997; and was elected Councilman of Newark’s East Ward in 1998. Immediately after taking office, he was a petitioner for the save Riverbank Park ballot initiative. Thankfully, the campaign was successful! Among his many accomplishments, he has been a leader in the advocacy for new school construction, for the rehabilitation of Ironbound Stadium, and forwarding the interests of Terrell Homes tenants.
Serving continuously since then, Councilman Amador is the longest-serving member of the Newark Municipal Council. In 2013, was elected Vice – President of the City Council. In 2016, he and his son, Mark Amador published a book of poetry, “O Paredão” (“The Wall.")
Councilman Amador has served on various committees, including Governor McGreevey’s Transition Team and the Energy Committee of the National League of Cities.
Councilmember Amador, known affectionately as Augie to his friends and colleagues, lives in Newark with his wife Maria, son Mark and daughter Nicole.