About steve tanelli

Quick Facts

Married with three son; two grandsons and a granddaughter

B.A. Montclair State University

North Arlington Borough Council: 2004 – 2013
North Arlington Councilman; Council President; Acting Mayor

Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders: 2013 – 2020
2015: Vice Chairman
2016: Chairman
2020: Chair Pro Tempore

Bergen County Board of County Commissioners: 2021-Present
2021: Chairman

“Steve takes a different approach to governing, one that is built on personal contact, win-win resolutions, and positive results that leave residents with a renewed confidence in their elected officials.”

Steve Tanelli has earned a reputation as a fierce advocate and a thoughtful legislator. He has earned the trust and respect of his Commissioner colleagues and is known for his strong support for labor, public education, and law enforcement at the local and county levels. 

During his 12 year tenure, as a Bergen County Commissioner, Steve has dedicated a large portion of his time to the renovation and the redevelopment of the Bergen County Parks System. He has been instrumental in leading and approving the first ever Bergen County Parks Master Plan. Leading to the construction of multiple all inclusive playgrounds throughout the county. The Construction of the first ever Bergen County Rowing Center. An amphitheater and a state-of-art football field at Riverside County Park in Lyndhurst, New Jersey.

Commissioner Tanelli has championed shared service agreements and initiatives with all 70 local municipalities. Help increase financial and emotional support to our seniors and veterans. He was responsible for the technology upgrades to the Freeholder meeting rooms that now allow all meetings to be broadcasted live to increase government transparency. All this was done while stabilizing the tax rate in Bergen County.

A graduate of Montclair State University, Steve served nine years as a North Arlington Councilman including time as Council President and Acting Mayor before being elected to the Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders in 2012, where he currently serves on the Budget/Finance Committee, Community Development Committee, Information Technology Committee (Chair), Labor and Personnel Committee (Chair), Law & Public Safety Committee, Parks Committee (Chair), and Transportation Committee. He also sits as a member of the Open Space Trust Fund and a Veteran Liaison.

Steve is a North Arlington homeowner where he resides with his wife Sharon. The Tanelli’s have 3 grown sons and 2 grandsons and 1 granddaughter. They are both proud to have 2 sons continue the family’s commitment to public service as first responders.

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