(TRENTON) – Assembly Speaker Craig J. Coughlin (D-Middlesex) released the following statement on the passing of former Middlesex County Freeholder Blanquita Valenti, the first Latina to win a countywide election in Middlesex County and serve on the New Brunswick City Council:
“Blanquita Valenti was a dedicated public servant and historic trailblazer. After shattering glass ceilings for the Latinx community across Middlesex County, she devoted her time to bettering local schools, advocating for seniors, veterans and people with disabilities, and improving quality of life for families.
“She will be remembered for her compassion, her determination and her unwavering commitment to her community. Middlesex County is better for her efforts, and we are forever grateful for her service.
“My deepest condolences to the Valenti family at this difficult time.”