Rodriguez could chair Human Services panel

Assemblywoman Caridad Rodriguez (D-West New York), who served as Albio Sires' executive assistant when he was the Mayor of West

Assemblywoman Caridad Rodriguez (D-West New York), who served as Albio Sires' executive assistant when he was the Mayor of West New York, and as his office manager when he won election to Congress, is in line to chair the Assembly Human Services Committee. The current chair, Sheila Oliver (D-East Orange) appears to have the votes to become the next Assembly Speaker. Rodriguez, who is now the panel's vice chair, endorsed Oliver for the post yesterday.

Another Democrat on the panel, Nilsa Cruz-Perez (D-Camden), is not seeking re-election to the State Assembly this year. Also on the Human Services Committee: Assemblywomen Elease Evans (D-Paterson) and Cleopatra Tucker (D-Newark).

Rodriguez could chair Human Services panel