Dr. Maria Teresa Feliciano formally announced her candidacy for mayor of Paterson today at the annual Dominican Parade.
“My family first came to Paterson almost half a century ago. I grew up on 30 Market Street, what was then ‘the Italian Section’ of the city,” the candidate said. “Through the years, I have lived on 22nd Street, Redwood Avenue and Florida Avenue. Then, ‘Silk City’ still showed vestiges of the industrial revolution, its glorious self that mesmerized me and stole my heart to this day.
“I remember Lambert Castle, and the Factories on Broadway (where my mother and father worked), the Great Falls, and a vibrant downtown filled with department stores like Lady Rose and Meyer Brothers (where my mother put our clothes in lay-away), and the Fabian Theater (where my pre-teen daughter saw the famous group Menudo),” she added.
Feliciano retired two years ago after serving 28 years in administration at the New Jersey Superior Court on Hamilton Street. She is the founder and president of the Institute For Latino Studies, Inc.
Feliciano grew up and attended public schools in Paterson, where she lives with her husband Nestor Montilla, Sr. She raised two children and her family has resided in the Silk City since the 1960s.
The nonpartisan Paterson mayor’s race is scheduled for May 13th of next year.