- Chair of Arts, Recreation & Cultural Affairs
Councilman Bergson Leneus made history as the first Haitian American elected to the Office of the City Council and was sworn into Office on January 1, 2018 representing the Third Ward. He is the second of four boys born to Haitian immigrant parents and raised in East Orange. He graduated from Seton Hall Preparatory High School and earned a Bachelors Degree in Philosophy from Rutgers University in Newark.
Councilman Bergson Leneus served as a Board Member for the East Orange YMCA from 2010 through 2012. He also served as an appointed Member of the East Orange Board of Education and as its President for three years. During his tenure, the District achieved tremendous gains in academia, safety, cleanliness, use of technology and budget solvency. Councilman Leneus also saw to it that initiatives were created and implemented to ensure that all families of the East Orange School District received a quality and enriching public education.
Councilman Bergson Leneus continuously seeks new ways to improve himself and to give back to the community that has helped raised him. He is involved in several community-based initiatives that garnered great support for the residents of the Third Ward and the community at large. Councilman Leneus has served as Chairman of the Health and Education Committee and as a member of the Law and Legislation, Planning and Grants and Housing, Licensing and Inspection Committees. He also served as the Council's representative on Second River.