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Assembly Speaker Sheila Y. Oliver and Majority Leader Joseph Cryan today thanked Assemblywoman Elease Evans for her dedicated public service and wished her well upon the announcement of her imminent retirement.

Evans (D-Bergen/Passaic), who joined the Assembly in 2007, recently announced that she will not be seeking another term representing the 35th legislative district, which includes the towns of Glen Rock, Haledon, Hawthorne, North Haledon, Paterson, Prospect Park, and Totowa.

“Elease Evans has been a wonderful addition to our caucus, a consummate public servant who understands the needs of her constituents,” said Oliver (D-Essex/Passaic). “She has never been shy about standing up for those in need and has been a fierce anti-poverty advocate. Her voice and her passion will be missed but we wish her all the best in her retirement.”

“Elease is the type of person who cuts to the chase and tells it like it is,” said Cryan (D-Union). “In this day and age, that’s refreshing. She is not afraid to stand up and fight for her constituents or any other group that is being underserved or minimized. She has been a truly dedicated public servant and we are sad to see her go, but we wish her well in all her future endeavors.”