|Council Member (East Ward)
Newark Municipal Council
July 1, 1998
|Born||1949 (age 68-69)
|Residence||Watchung, New Jersey|
Augusto Amador is an American politician who has been a member of the Municipal Council of Newark, New Jersey since 1998. representing the East Ward, which includes the Ironbound and Gateway districts. He became vice-president of the council in 2013 and once again in May 2015.
Amador was born in January 1949, in a small town called Murtosa, Portugal. After completing primary education there he went on to graduate from the private high school Colégio de São João de Brito in Lisbon. In 1966, he immigrated to the United States. Upon becoming a resident of Newark, he continued his higher education at Rutgers University.
Augusto Amador's professional career began with Public Service Electric & Gas in 1969 where currently holds the position of Performance Administrator. In 1981, he was appointed to serve on the Newark Parking Commission. In 1993 Amador ran for the Newark Board of Education and was the first from the Portuguese-American community of Newark to win this elected position. Soon after, he was recognized by Mayor Sharpe James, earning him the appointment as Deputy Mayor in 1997.
In 1998, Amador was elected to the Municipal Council of Newark as councilman for the East Ward. On July 1, 1998 he was sworn in. He would go on to be re-elected four years later. He won re-election to his fourth term by a wide margin in 2012.
Amador is very active in his community. He has received a number of tributes and honors. He is the recipient of both the PSE&G Spirit of Leading Award and Challenge of Caring Award. He is on the Advisory Board of the Ironbound's Boys' and Girl's Club, a member of Ironbound Citizens United, Congress of Portuguese-American Educators, and member of the Portuguese-American Congress. Among several many other social and religious organizations, he is president of LISA, a local soccer league which provides recreation for over 450 young people.
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