American politician Carmen A. Orechio, Died at 91

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Carmen Anthony Orechio was born on November 4, 1926 and died on February 26, 2018.

He was an American Democratic Party politician

Orechio served as President of the New Jersey Senate and as Commissioner and Mayor of Nutley, New Jersey.

In 1969, Orechio ran for the State Assembly , running in Essex County District 11C with fellow Democrat Joseph Iannuzzi.

They were defeated by the Republican incumbents, C. Richard Fiore, and Ralph R. Caputo.

During 1973, he was elected to the New Jersey Senate from Essex County. He defeated two-term incumbent Republican Michael Giuliano by 3,483 votes in the Democratic landslide of 1973, 29,878 (53%) to 26,395 (47%).

In 1977, Orechio was re-elected to a second term against Republican Assemblyman John N. Dennis by 918 votes, 25,773 (51%)to 24,855 (49.%).

Orechio was re-elected in 1981 by 1,060 votes against Republican John Crecco, a Bloomfield Councilman, 30,990 (49%) to 29,930 (48%).

During 1983, Orechio won his fourth term against Ralph J. Salerno, a Republican attorney from Bloomfield.

He received 28,613 (54%) to 23,523 (44%) for Salerno and 1,061 (2%) for Martin Scaturo, a former Democratic Essex County Freeholder who was running as an Independent.

Orechio was re-elected to a fifth term in the Senate in 1987, defeating Thomas Zampino (later a New Jersey Superior Court Judge), 20,949 (50%) to 18,455 (44%).

John Kinder and Orechio had served many years as the Republican Mayor of Bloomfield, received 2,371 (6%) of the vote as an Independent.

On 1981, Orechio served as Senate Majority Leader and as Senate President from 1982 to 1985.

During 1991, due to redistricting following the 1990 census, the 30th Legislative District represented by Orechio was moved to the south to form a new district.

Instead of running fothe 36th District against fellow Democratic incumbent Gabriel M. Ambrosio of Lyndhurst, Orechio announced that he would not seek re-election to the Senate.

During 2008, after 40 years of service on the Nutley Board of Commissioners, Orechio lost his 11th re-election bid by 29 votes.

He died on February 26, 2018 at 91 years old.

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