State Senator Visits Clark School

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State Sen. Nicholas Scutari posed for a photo with fifth graders, staff, and administration at the conclusion of his presentation at Frank K. Hehnly School. Shown in the bottom row are: Joseph Bencivenga, Matthew Alongi, Lena Acosta, and Erika Dawson. Middle row: Victoria Rosenbach, Brianna Mitchell, Victoria Rosenbach, Cailee Kirk, and Charles Abruzzo. Top Row: Teachers Kathryn Ullrich and Jackie Caplette, Scutari, Teacher Laura Venezio, PTA President Dawn Pencinger, Principal Shirley Bergin, Board of Education Member Henry Varriano, and teacher Sherri D’Amico. (Photo courtesy of Clark Public Schools)

CLARK – State Sen. Nicholas Scutari visited fifth grade students at the Frank K. Hehnly School in Clark on Oct. 19 as part of the national “Legislators Back to School Program.”

Clark Superintendent of Schools Kenneth Knops introduced Scutari to the audience of approximately 95 fifth graders, teachers, parents, and administrators.

Scutari (D-Union County) told his young charges about his interest in serving the people, his decision to seek elected office, and his election to the New Jersey Senate in 2003. Students enjoyed the anecdote Scutari shared about his first trip to the Statehouse as an elected Senator. On this occasion Scutari was initially denied entrance into the Senate by security, who, thought the young man in front of them was a staffer due to his youth.

The Senator then spent some time talking about legislation he has supported over the years as well as his role as the Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Scutari explained his commitment to the thorough vetting and scrutiny of judicial nominees and re-appointments, and the rigorous interviewing and screening process nominees go through. He also talked about some pieces of legislation that he has supported to ensure the safety and well being of children throughout the state.

“It was truly a delight having Senator Scutari visit our district,” remarked Knops. “Had he not gone into the governmental field, he would have been a natural educator”


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