Marie Villani, Newark City Councilwoman For 20 Years, Dies At 100

Jul 18, 2021 234

BY: David Wildstein

Marie L. Villani, a six-term Newark City Councilwoman and the first woman to win a citywide election in the state’s largest city, died on July 13.  She turned 100 on July 4. Villani was appointed to fill an at-large city council seat in 1973 after her husband, Ralph A. Villani, a former Newark mayor, resigned for health reasons.

She was elected to a full term on the city council in 1974, one of four winners in a field of 25 candidates.  Mayor Kenneth Gibson, who became Newark’s first Black mayor when he ousted two-term incumbent Hugh Addonizio in 1970, won a second term against State Sen. Anthony Imperiale (I-Newark).

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