Assemblywoman Huttle named to leadership post

BY DUSTIN RACIOPPI The Record

Englewood Democrat Valerie Vainieri Huttle was named a deputy speaker of the Assembly on Friday, a leadership post she will share with eight others.

Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, who appointed her, called Huttle an “integral” member of the caucus and “a fierce advocate for some of our most vulnerable residents.”

“This is a great honor and a privilege,” Huttle said in a statement. “I’m excited to play a greater role in Democratic caucus as we continue to fight for the priorities of working- and middle-class families and those residents who have been historically under-served.”

Huttle, a licensed funeral director who is married to Englewood Mayor Frank Huttle, has served in the Assembly since 2006. She represents 13 towns that make up the 37th District in Bergen County. She chairs of the Human Service Committee and sits on the joint panel investigating the George Washington Bridge lane closures. She is also a member of the Assembly Tourism and Gaming Committee.

Huttle, 58, joins fellow 37th District Assemblyman Gordon Johnson as deputy speaker.