Council Member 2nd Ward Richard Konopka
I moved to Kearny in 1996. I married my Brazilian born wife Nelia in 1998 and moved to the 2nd ward. We purchased our home in 2001 in the 2nd ward where we now live with our two sons Jacob and Joshua. I also have another son, Richard “Junior” from a prior marriage.
I graduated from Essex Catholic High School in 1980. I graduated from RETS Electronic School in 1982 with a certificate in Applied Electronic Technology. I also attended Hudson County Schools of Technology and Union County Vocational-Technical School.
I am employed at the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission for the past 32 years. I started in 1981 as a helper and now hold the position of Supervisor of Instrumentation and Electrical Technicians. I served on the Zoning Board of Adjustments for 13 years and was the Chairman the last 2 years. I am a member of the Franklin School PTA.
I volunteer my time by coaching varies sports for the Kearny Recreation Department. I enjoy spending time with my family especially when we vacation in Brazil.
I am the Chairman of the Lighting Committee and Beautification Committee and also sit on the Water and Transportation Committees. I am the council liaison to the Board of Health and a member Kearny UEZ Board.
Council Member 2nd Ward Jonathan Giordano
Council Member 2nd Ward Jonathan D. Giordano is a lifelong resident of Kearny. He is married to his Brazilian born Wife Ivy and the proud father of his son Enzo.
Jon graduated Kearny High School in 1984 and attended New Jersey City University for 2 years before joining his father, S.J. Giordano, a past president of the Kearny Board of Education, in the family business.
A small business owner and KUEZ member, he was featured on the cover of the KUEZ magazine in the fall of 2008. Jon is now the 3rd generation owner of West Hudson Lumber and Millwork, and manufactures commercial and institutional cabinetry, furniture and countertops. He is also the president of Josam Realty and manages 3 ½ acres and 7 warehouses in an industrial complex; both businesses are located in Kearny.
Before becoming councilman in 2014, he served on the Train committee, as a Democrat County Committee man as well as the planning board. He now serves as the current Council Liaison for the Planning Board as well as the Police, Water, License and Lighting committees.