New Nazareth Councilwoman Makes History

Written by on September 28, 2020

New Nazareth Councilwoman Makes History

By Stephen Jiwanmall

September 28, 2020

Photo | Courtesy of Laureen Pellegrino

Laureen Pellegrino became the first Black councilmember in Nazareth Borough when she was appointed to a vacant seat last month.

When a Nazareth Borough councilman retired in July, Laureen Pellegrino saw an opportunity to get more involved. She moved to the borough three years ago with her children.

“I wanted a place where my kids can walk to [where I don’t] have to worry – just a quick text you got home, and I don’t have to worry about them being out and about if I’m not around,” said Pellegrino.

Pellegrino beat out two others who applied for the vacant council seat, making history as the first African-American member. She said she encourages people to speak up and do something to change their communities.

“The government needs to reflect what the population is – whether it’s the 1 percent, the 5 percent, what have you – you need to reflect that, and governments have kind of gotten away from that.”

She says she’d like to tackle the borough’s vacant storefronts, as well as the high rental rates. Pellegrino will serve on council until the end of next year.

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