About steve tanelli

Quick Facts

Married with three son; two grandsons

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 8 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 and in the construction of new ball fields 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 local municipalities, pay-for-play legislation, and transparency in government while stabilizing the tax rate in Bergen County. 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.

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.

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

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