Lucianin: there was no deal to depart from local office

The lone surviving Passaic Valley Sewerage Commissioner (PVSC) will not run for re-election to the Passaic City Council, the Bergen Record reported this morning.

The subsequent buzz in Trenton contained a question: did Kenneth Lucianin receive pressure from Gov. Chris Christie to renounce his position as an elected official as a pre-condition for his remaining at PVSC

“It was never asked,” Lucianin told in reference to discussions with Christie or the administration. “It was never even brought up.”

Running as an ally of Passaic Mayor Alex Blanco and Assemblyman Gary Schaer (D-Passaic), Lucianin, a former school board member, narrowly won a seat on the council in 2008.

He sent a formal release this morning.

“After winning Four Municpal Elections, I’m conscious of a heavy debt to my city,” Lucianin said in his statement. “For it’s here my wife and I met, it’s here that my mom and dad raised their ten children, this is were the Lucianins call home. I will continue to stay in Passaic, my wife and I will continue to touch Passaic residents’ hands. However, I will not seek re-election to the Passaic City Council.”

Lucianin: there was no deal to depart from local office