North Arlington Mayor Joseph Bianchi died last night after a battle with cancer.
He was 77.
A Republican, Mr. Bianchi was completing his first term in office.
Married with three children and eight grandchildren, he was a U.S. Army veteran, a 26-year member of the North Arlington Fire Department, and owner of Pal Joey’s Barbershop since 1965.
“He was a very good mayor who served his town with enthusiasm and dedication, a real part of the North Arlington community, who had his own business there, a barbershop,” said Bergen County Republican Organization Chairman Jack Zisa.
Mr. Bianchi was running for reelection at the time of his death.
“We had our differences, but he was always a standup guy,” said Al Granell, an independent running against Mr. Bianchi. “Our prayers go out to Catherine and Joe Bianchi’s family.”
Mark Yampaglia and Lillian Saldanha are also running for mayor of North Arlington.