Thomas Tucci, a Nutley resident and longtime manager of the Township of Cedar Grove, has been nominated to become one of seven commissioners of the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission, the office of Gov. Chris Christie announced this week.
The commission oversees a wastewater treatment plant in Newark that serves 2 million people in Bergen, Essex, Passaic, Hudson and Union counties. The 111-year-old agency is one of the largest of its kind in the United States.
Tucci, who holds an engineering degree from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and a master’s in public administration from Rutgers-Newark, is also certified in public works and construction technology. He has served on a variety of committees and agencies, including a body that examined regionalization of area fire departments and another group that deals with issues related to insurance for municipalities. He also has a background in public works and planning.
Tucci, who has also served as president of the Nutley Softball League, is the brother of Nutley township commissioner Mauro Tucci.
The PVSC had been plagued by scandal for decades when, two years ago, following a series of articles in The Star Ledger detailing rampant corruption, Christie fired six of the seven commissioners, including former Belleville Mayor Angie Paserchia. Several employees and managers were later indicted, fired or both.