ROXBURY, NJ – Roxbury resident Kathy DeFillippo, a Morris County freeholder, was elected Monday to a 2-year term as chair of the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA).

The vote came at the NJTPA Board of Trustees meeting. DeFillippo, the wife of Roxbury Mayor Bob DeFillippo, replaces Union County Freeholder Angel Estrada as NJTPA chair.

The NJTPA oversees regional transportation planning and annually authorizes more than $1 billion in federal surface transportation funding for 13 counties in northern and central New Jersey.

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“I am honored that my fellow board members have entrusted me to serve as chair of the NJTPA,” DeFillippo said. “This is a critical time for transportation in North Jersey as we continue to make the case for new rail tunnels under the Hudson River and plan for emerging technologies that can improve mobility. I look forward to working with the Board, our many partners and NJTPA staff to improve transportation and quality of life for our region’s residents.”

DeFillippo also recognized Estrada, calling him a “dedicated leader and a strong advocate for enhancing equity, improving mobility and strengthening the economy.”

DeFillippo joined the NJTPA Board in 2014. She was first elected as a member of the Board’s Executive Committee in 2016, serving two years as board secretary.

In 2018, she was appointed to a 2-year term as third vice-chair. She most recently served as Chair of the NJTPA’s Project Prioritization Committee and is a past Chair of the Freight Initiatives Committee.

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DeFillippo was first elected to the Board of Chosen Freeholders in 2013. Prior to being elected freeholder, she was a councilwoman in Roxbury from 2006 to 2013, serving as mayor in 2009 and deputy mayor in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

At its recent annual reorganization meeting, the Roxbury Mayor and Council named DeFillippo the official hostess of the township.

She is a past president of the Roxbury Area Chamber of Commerce and retired in 2016 from the board of the NJ Metro Chapter of the National MS Society (NMSS) after serving as a trustee for 10 years. Still an active member of NMSS, she was a driving force in bringing the Walk MS to Roxbury in 2006 and continues to serve as a fundraiser for the event.

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