Councilor At Large Robert J. Russo


 B.A., M.A., Rutgers University

Community Involvement

Consumers League of NJ president
Essex Running Club member
Former Township Mayor
Former Township Councilor
Montclair League of Women Voters
Blue Wave NJ

Robert J. Russo served as Mayor of Montclair for four years from 2000 to 2004. First elected to the Township Council in 1992, he represented the First Ward and was re-elected with an 80% vote in 1996. He was featured in a New York Times story in 1994 about his effective constituent service response record. Bob served as Council liaison to the Senior Citizens; Youth, Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs and Cable TV Advisory Committees. As Mayor he chaired the Board of School Estimate and was a member of the Planning Board and Library Board

A leader in national consumer organizations, Bob has served as President of the International Association of Lemon Law Administrators and is currently President of the Consumers League of New Jersey. An Adjunct Professor at Rutgers University in Newark for over 25 years and for the past 10 years at Montclair State University, Bob has taught American, state and local government as well as public administration courses to over 1000 students.

Practicing what he teaches, Bob helped negotiate the original Montclair-Glen Ridge fire services contract, a model for regional shared service agreements. He was interviewed recently on NJTV about his work to connect towns and cut costs.

Bob Russo earned his M.A. in American government at Rutgers University, but began his professional career as a teacher at Roseville Avenue School in Newark. He moved on to college level teaching and various roles in government and business during a 40-year career, culminating in his final service as Director of Mediation/Lemon Laws for the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs. Bob also served as Director of Development for the Meadowlands Chamber of Commerce, a large business organization in northern New Jersey.

Bob's community activities include active memberships in the Essex Running Club, the Sierra Club, Blue Wave NJ, the League of Women Voters of the Montclair Area, the Montclair Art Museum, the Montclair Branch of the NAACP, St. Cassian Church and the Giblin Association. He has also been a strong supporter of the Brookdale Park Conservancy, Friends of Anderson Park, Friends of the Bellevue Branch Library, Montclair Fund for Educational Excellence and Save Our Schools Montclair. Bob has been a past member of various Lions Club's International as well as the CWA and AFTNJ unions, where he has served as a leader, most recently of the Montclair State University Adjunct Faculty. Bob, his wife Christine and mother Florence have been Montclair residents for 24 years.

Councilor-at-Large Bob Russo
Councilor-at-Large Robert J. Russo