Council Members 2nd Ward

Council Member 2nd Ward Richard Konopka                                                                                                                                                                          

   I moved to Kearny in 1996. I married my Brazilian born wife Nelia in 1998 and moved to the 2nd ward. We purchased our home in 2001 in the 2nd ward where we now live with our two sons Jacob and Joshua. I also have another son, Richard “Junior” from a prior marriage.

  I graduated from Essex Catholic High School in 1980. I graduated from RETS Electronic School in 1982 with a certificate in Applied Electronic Technology. I also attended Hudson County Schools of Technology and Union County Vocational-Technical School.

  I am employed at the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission for the past 32 years. I started in 1981 as a helper and now hold the position of Supervisor of Instrumentation and Electrical Technicians. I served on the Zoning Board of Adjustments for 13 years and was the Chairman the last 2 years. I am a member of the Franklin School PTA.

  I volunteer my time by coaching varies sports for the Kearny Recreation Department. I enjoy spending time with my family especially when we vacation in Brazil.

  I am the Chairman of the Lighting Committee and Beautification Committee and also sit on the Water and Transportation Committees. I am the council liaison to the Board of Health and a member Kearny UEZ Board.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        


Council Member 2nd Ward Laura Cifelli-Pettigrew

Council member 2nd WardCifelli-Pettigrew is a lifelong resident of Kearny. She has served as a 2nd Ward Council member since January 2000.


  • Graduate of Franklin School and Kearny High School
  • Graduate of Seton Hall University, Bachelor of Arts Degree
  • Kean College, Teacher of Pre-school and K-8 N J State Teaching Certificate

Memberships and Community Service:

  • 2nd Ward Councilwoman
  • Kearny High School PTA member
  • NJ Education Association member
  • Operation Friendship member
  • Kearny High School Project Graduation, founding member and active participant
  • Kearny High School Soccer Booster Club member
  • Former member of Franklin School PTA
  • Former Child Shield representative