NEWARK, N.J. – U.S. Senator Bob Menendez released the following statement on the passing of Steve Adubato, Sr., founder of Newark’s North Ward Center:

“I have known Steve Adubato, Sr., since I first ran for Congress and Newark’s North Ward was in my district.  What started out as a tough introduction turned into a long personal relationship fighting on behalf of the people of Newark.  For all his toughness, Steve will be remembered for every child who passes through the Robert Treat Academy, for every person empowered at the North Ward Center, and every client treated with dignity and care at Casa Israel.  I offer my sincere condolences to Fran, Steve, Jr., Michelle, Theresa and the entire Adubato family, and to the countless residents of Newark impacted by Steve’s life’s work who mourn this tremendous loss.”