2007 Election Results
Rose Heck was elected to the New Jersey General Assembly to fill the vacancy left by Assemblyman
Pat Schuber in January of 1991. She was then elected to a full two-year term in 1992. She continued,
without interruption, to serve that Bergen County district until her retirement in January 2004. She has
served on the Joint Education Committee and the Commerce and Regulated Professions Committee. She served as Chair of the Senior Citizens and Social Services Committee and as a member of the
Environmental Quality Committee 1992-1993. She was Chairwoman of the Assembly Advisory Council on Women for nine years in the Legislature. She served on the Appropriations Committee for four years and
served as Chairwoman of the Policy, Regulatory Oversight, Utilities, and Telecommunications Committee.
She served on the Family, Women, and Children s Services Committee, The Joint Committee on Public
Schools, The DYFS Staffing and Review Panel, The New Jersey Commission on Israel, the New Jersey Commission on Gifted Students and the Joint Committee on Mentoring.
She has worked on Environmental projects throughout the Region, including obtaining One Million
Dollars towards solving the flooding caused by the East and West Riser Ditches in Bergen and Hudson
Counties. She led the work to begin Air Quality Studies at Teterboro Airport. First phase completed in
2003 by The Environmental Occupational and Health Studies Institute, Rutgers University. In addition she
continues her work to bring about the solution to the flooding resulting from the Passaic and Saddle Rivers.
As part of her many Environmental accomplishments she secured the
$800,000 dollars necessary for the refurbishing of Ross Dock in Fort Lee. The Palisades Interstate Park Commission sought her help and together
they worked to save Ross Dock. She also sponsored bills that brought $800,000 to the Marina Cove in Edgewater, to preserve that space. She
has brought money to aid parks, and recreational areas not only in the County but also in the State of New Jersey. She also participated in
securing dollars for the Sterling Forest project to preserve the water so important to the northern region of New Jersey.
She was named the first Chair of the Assembly Legislative Light Rail Transit Panel in 1992 and served as chair in each of the eight consecutive
legislative sessions under a Republican Administration. She continued to serve as a member in the 210th legislative session under Democratic
majority. She has received statewide recognition for her work in this area. The HBLRT is part of the work of her panel and will be in operation in
two years. A model of that modern trolley is exhibited at the Liberty Science Center. She was a key player
in the introduction of DBOM, Design, Build, Operate and Maintain process that won the State its first Federal Grant to begin the Hudson Bergen Light Rail Transit System.
The first segment of intra-state trolley line became operation on April 15, 2000 between Bayonne and Jersey City. In 2002 the Hoboken station was opened.
In the 209th Legislative Session she served as the Assembly Majority Conference Leader. She served as
Chairwoman of Assembly Light Rail Legislative Panel for nine years, and Chair of the Assembly Advisory Council on Women for nine years (created by resolution through her initiatives).
She was a member of the New Jersey Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect, having been
appointed by former Assembly Speaker Jack Collins. She served on Sub-Committee addressing Protection and Prevention. She also headed the Government Sector on the Prevention
Sub-Committee, which has reached out to 120 legislators, 566 mayors, and 21 counties and freeholders therein for their input.
The New Jersey Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect recipient, January 23, 2004 "For Your Dedication and Courage in Advancing Legislation to
Improve the Lives of Children and Families in New Jersey. You are an inspiration to all who work int he field of Child Abuse and Neglect. Rose is shown
holding the award presented to her by Chairman Dr. Martin Finkel (right) and Dr. Roy Perham (left)
member of the Task Force at Drumthwacket.
She created the first in a series of Children's Summits to be held in the State of New Jersey over eight years ago. The Summits are co-chaired with
her by Dr. Martin Finkel Director the Center for Children UMDNJ; Dr. Jeffrey Boscamp of Hackensack University Medical Center and Cecilia Zalkind, Executive Directory of the New Jersey
Association for Children. She is currently in the process of introducing the Children s Summit to a group in Newark. She is working with Senator Joseph Doria to sponsor the sixth Children s
Summit being considered to be held in Jersey City with The Jersey City Medical Center as host.
1970 through 1999 - Served as managing editor and advertising director of two papers.
2004 2006 was a partner serving as Executive Vice President of Watson Consulting Group located in
Trenton. She worked on Transportation, Environmental and Children s Issues.
2006-present is employed by the New Jersey Association of Railroad Passengers as its Government
Affairs Director working to extend the HBLRT into Bergen County. She also has worked with the Cape May Seashore Line to improve Tourism in that area.
Crime Victims' Rights Summit 2001. Received "Equal Justice Award".
Was a 30 year Member of New Jersey Press Association
Board Member of Hasbrouck Heights Chamber of Commerce
Served as a Member of Lodi Chamber of Commerce
Attended Our Lady of Grace, Academy of the Sacred Heart (both in Hoboken, NJ)
Seton Hall University.
Myself with two of my six grandsons. Scott Radwin (background) and Grandmother Rose Heck at Jeffrey Radwin's (photo right) High School
graduation in Warren County. .
Born Rose Marie Ciccolella in Hoboken.
Married 45 years to Raymond Heck until his passing December 2001; four daughters; Nancy,
Laury, Rosemary and Suzan, and eight grandchildren; six grandsons Scott, Jeffrey, Michael, Anthony, Alec Taylor, and Joseph , and two granddaughters Jessica Rose and Emily.
Active member of Corpus Christi R.C. Church - activities included participation over the years as
Cafeteria Mother, Concerned Parents Association, CYO Advisor, Carnival Committee, Parish Newsletter, Sunday School Teacher, Testimonial Dinner Committee and Lector. (Served numerous
years on all) Continues to be a member of Rosary Society.
Member, Hasbrouck Heights Republican Club. Served as Vice President and on numerous committees
as chairman; 10 year County Committee Member, Republican Municipal Chair for the third term, Active Local Campaign Committee Member 38 years. Chaired local Cancer Drive.
Past President of Contemporary Club of Hasbrouck
Heights. Served three terms as President of H.H. Chamber and Past President of the Woman s Club of H.H. Currently serves as Education Forum Chairman for Contemporary
Club and served High School Arts Show Chair for the Women s Club of H.H. Continues on the Board of Directors of the Hasbrouck Heights Chamber of Commerce. Founded
and made arrangements for the First Sidewalk Sale which she worked on many years until George Eggers became Chairman; She also chaired the Chamber Holiday Parade
for many years along with the Townwide Treasure Hunt.
Served in Girl Scouts eight years and in B.C. Scout Headquarter for three years. Also served on Mayor s
Celebrations Committee six years, Zoning Board member six years and Adult Advisory Board for H.H. High School seven years, Charter member of the Friends of the Library, and served seven years on both
the Library Board and Planning Board.
Worked on continuing basis with the senior citizens of the community and for 18 years organized a
Christmas Party for them. Led the movement to build the first Senior Citizens Housing Unit in Hasbrouck Heights, completely with Grant dollars.
Member of the Southwest Community Development Grants Committee, serving as its Chairman for six
years; served as Chairman of the County-wide Community Development Committee three years. Continues as a voting member (serving on SWCDGC for almost 30 years.)
Appointed as Commissioner at the Bergen County Utilities Authority in 1989. Completed term in December, 1991.
Member, Cancer Research Institute, State of New Jersey, 8 years.
Former Member, Advisory Board for Adult Continuing Education at Felician College.
Elected County Committeewoman eight times and serves as Municipal Chairman.
Elected to the Council in 1984 (first woman in the 90-year history of the town). Served as Finance
Commissioner, Recreation Commissioner and Deputy Police Commissioner and Police Commissioner and served on the Police and Fire Committees. Charter member
of the Anti-Drug Council. Was Chairman of the Drug Alliance Committee.
Chosen and unanimously endorsed to run for mayor in 1987, having completed full term on council, when
Mayor William Imken (19 years in that position) chose not to run. Was elected and took office Jan. 1, 1988. Was re-elected mayor in 1991 for another four-year term.
Served on the Executive Committee of the Bergen County Mayors Association. Member, Bergen County
Republican Mayors Association, Member Bergen County League of Municipalities, Member, NJ Conference of Mayors.
Served 10 years as a member of the Board of Directors of the Lodi Boys & Girls Club, and 5 years as a Women's Fund of New Jersey Member Bergen
Serves as the Strategy Committee Chair of the Women Advocating for Good Government that was
formed in 2005. She also serves on the Board of the Women s Political Caucus. Both are Statewide Bi Partisan Women s Organizations. Serves as Legislative Chair of TANAAC.
Community Awards and Associations
She is the recipient of many community service awards from such Hasbrouck Heights organizations as:
Lions Club, Knights of Columbus, The Kiwanis Club, Hasbrouck Heights Men s Assn., Girl Scouts, Boy
Scouts, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4591 (local, District and State) which includes the VFW Auxiliary, The Elks, and the PBA She was named Citizen of the Year by the H.H. Men s Association. The
Hasbrouck Heights Elks named her Woman of the Year. She was among the First Honorees of Immaculate Conception High School awards as A Woman of Distinction.
She served as the Co-chair of the 1995--1997 New Jersey Silent Witness March. She served as the Honorary Chair of the New Jersey Federation of Women s Clubs Domestic Violence Project, Supreme
Court Working Group of Domestic Violence, and the Governor s Child Abuse Task Force.
She is a member of the Commission on "Cancer Research, Breast Cancer Research Advisory Group,