Union City Mayor, Brian P. Stack, the best mayor Union City ever had. An honest man, a populist who has changed this city forever. Always cordial, a true civil servant, an exceptional political mind, a dedicated public official who could also be a fierce political rival. A true democrat. I’ll always be very proud of serving as one go his first Co-campaign managers in 1998, when even Cuban-Americans turned against us to favor the old political machine. Brian lost that election for 427 votes (?). He would come back to become the most powerful politician in Hudson County. He never forgets his friends. He never forgets those who fought the political battles with him from the beginning. He is gifted with a rare quality in politics: loyalty. He never turns anyone away without an effort, a word of hope, and most of the time a positive result. Here he poses with the first woman Superintendent of Schools in the history of Union City, Mrs. Silvia Abbato, a proud Cuban-American whose achievements in her outstanding career of more than thirty years as a teacher and administrator in Union City is now rewarded and recognized by her peers, the community, and elected officials as the educational leader of Union City. Her hard work and commitment to the students of Union City is an testament to excellence in education. Mrs. Abbato’s husband, Chris Abbato is a lead teacher in UCHS as well as 2012 Union City Teacher of The Year. I wrote years ago that you couldn’t meet better people. I was right, as it is right to celebrate the dedication of these educators and their careers, thousands of students and parents they reached and helped through their lifetime in the Union City public schools. And they go on, as education is their calling; an unbreakable compromise. Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Abatto! In the photo Edison School Principal, Eliseo Alemán, another successful and hard working Cuban-American who I am proud to be considered his friend and who is doing an excellent job in Edison School. You couldn’t find a harder worker and a better man to lead your school. I know, I worked six years with this outstanding administrator. Union City Commissioner Celin Valdivia, another great Cuban-American who is the most recent addition to Brian Stack’s administration. He has been a loyal political ally and friend of Brian since 1997. His aunt is Julia Valdivia, an exemplary Cuban-American who, along with her husband, helped thousands of Union City residents in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. The Cuban community has much to thank her for. She is very proud of Celin as she should be. I had the opportunity to serve in the Planning Commission with him, and I can attest for his honesty, his integrity, and his loyalty to Brian Stack’s mission in Union City. Next to Commissioner Valdivia Union City resident and Harvard and Fordham Law graduate Frances Martel, who is now a writer and editor for Breitbart News Network, Glenn Davis, writer for USA Today, and next to Glenn a good friend who does a great job at UCHS and is also a driver for mayor Stack.
Union City Superintendent of Schools Silvia Abbato a strong supporter of the UCPD and Mayor Brian P. Stack•September 6, 2014 • Leave a Comment
Silvia and Chris Abbato at the last Commencement Exercises of the Legendary Emerson High School 2008•September 6, 2014 • Leave a Comment
Sylvia and Chris Abatto, a lifetime dedicated to education. Mrs. Abatto is Assistant Superintendent of Schools in Union City. Mr. Abatto is a happy veteran from the Elizabeth School District Wars, so I’m I. If you teach in the inner city schools of Elizabeth you can teach anywhere, no joke. Chris Abatto was Emerson High School’s Teacher of The Year in 2007. Mrs. Abatto is an asset to Union City students and a proud Cuban-American woman, through hard work and dedication she has been able to reach her position at the Union City Board of Education, and use it to help the students and the teachers of this district. She has earned the respect and love of the community she serves. You couldn’t get two better educators, two better people. I’ll take all challengers!