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Freeholder Eliu Rivera was born in Aibonito, Puerto Rico and immigrated with his family to the United States at an early age. He attended local schools, graduated from Dickinson High School in Jersey City and continued his education at Rutgers University and St. Peter’s College.
Employed by the P.A.C.O. Agency since 1970 and serving as its Executive Director, he has gained extensive experience in the housing, economic development, health, education and community development areas. The agency has a solid reputation for enhancing the quality of life for its neighborhood and constituents.
A former Deputy Mayor of Jersey City, Freeholder Rivera has been recognized for his many contributions to the community with a host of awards from distinguished organizations. He is the recipient of the Jersey City Police Department Distinguished Service Award and the Hispanic Merchants Association Community Service Award. In addition he has been honored and received awards from organizations such as the Hispanic Firefighters of Hudson County, the Hudson County Labor Council for Latin Advancement, the Jersey City Board of Education, the New Jersey and Jersey City Puerto Rican Parade Committees, the Roberto Clemente Little League, the Jersey City Medical Center, the Urban League, the Dominican Parade Committee, the Save Latin America Committee, the Peruvian Parade Committee, the March of Dimes and the Christopher Columbus Foundation.
Married to Nancy Rivera, he is the parent of four children from a previous marriage – Eliu, a DEA agent; Ricky, a U.S. Customs official; Robert, a computer specialist; and Willie, a student.
He serves as Chairman of the Economic Development & Housing Committee, Chairman of the Personnel Committee, and Chairman of the Public Safety, Department of Corrections and Emergency Management Committee, and Chairman of the Purchasing Committee. He also serves as a member of the Education Committee, and the Task Force on the Homeless.