TRENTON – Assembly Speaker Sheila Y. Oliver this afternoon swore in Eliana Pintor Marin of Newark’s Ironbound section to the New Jersey General Assembly.
Pintor Marin represents the 29th District along with state Sen. M. Teresa Ruiz (D-29) and Assemblywoman L. Grace Spencer (D-29).
“I’m happy to welcome Eliana to the New Jersey Legislature,” said Oliver. “She has been an advocate for children in Newark and has made education a priority through her work in the district. I’m certain her advocacy in the community will translate well to the Legislature, which will benefit not just Essex County residents, but all New Jersey residents.”
A Newark Schools Advisory Commissioner and daughter of Portuguese immigrants who works for Essex County Clerk Chris Durkin, Pintor Marin filled the seat vacated in September by Albert Coutinho.
“I could not be more thankful for the opportunity to serve my state and particularly my hometown, the place where I grew up and the place where my parents migrated to looking for a better life,” said an emotional Pintor Marin.
Coutinho’s a close friend.
“I hope to be an example for others that with drive and determination, anything is possible,” she said. “I know I have big shoes to fill, but I’m prepared to work with my fellow members to make this state a better place for residents of this and every other community in New Jersey.”
Pintor Marin earned a Bachelor of Science degree in legal studies and a Master of Arts degree in government and politics from St. John’s University. Pintor Marin worked for a Brazilian investment bank in New York City before joining the Essex County Clerk’s Office in Newark. In 2008, she was elected to the Newark Public Schools Advisory Board, where she served as the financial chair for three years. Pintor Marin received the Star of Essex award earlier this year for her contributions to the history of New Jersey and dedication to youth, especially in Essex County.
“I was the first person in my family to graduate from college, which is something I’m equally humbled by and proud of. I sincerely believe education can make all the difference in the life of a child,” said Pintor Marin. “As I begin my tenure in the Assembly, I will work to ensure that all children have access to a quality education, that we create economic opportunities and enhance public safety in order to improve the quality of life for residents in my district and statewide.”
Essex County Democratic Committee Chairman Leroy Jones, Durkin, East Ward Dems Leader Joe Parlavecchio, East Ward Democratic Chairman Angelo Di Federico, and others joined Pintor Marin for the ceremony.