Cuban Americans are Americans who trace their ancestry to Cuba. The word may refer to someone born in the U. S. of Cuban descent or to someone who has emigrated to the U. S. from Cuba. Cuban Americans are the third-largest Latino group in the United States. Many communities throughout the United States have significant Cuban American populations. Florida has the highest concentration of Cuban Americans in the US, standing out in part because of its proximity to Cuba, followed by California, New Jersey and New York. South Florida is followed by New York City, Union County and North Hudson, New Jersey areas Union City and West New York. With a population of 141,250, the New York metropolitan area's Cuban community is the largest outside Florida. Nearly 70% of all Cuban Americans live in Florida. Before the Louisiana Purchase and the Adams–Onís Treaty of 1819, Spanish Florida, when divided during British occupation, East Florida and West Florida, including what is now Florida and the Gulf Coast west to the Mississippi River were provinces of the Captaincy General of Cuba.
Cuban immigration to the U. S. has a long history, beginning in the Spanish colonial period in 1565 when St. Augustine, Florida was established by Pedro Menéndez de Avilés, hundreds of Spanish-Cuban soldiers and their families moved from Cuba to St. Augustine to establish a new life. Thousands of Cuban settlers immigrated to Louisiana between 1778 and 1802 and Texas during the period of Spanish rule. Since 1820, the Cuban presence was more than 1,000 people. In 1870 the number of Cuban immigrants increased to 12,000, of which about 4,500 resided in New York City, about 3,000 in New Orleans, 2,000 in Key West; the causes of these movements were both economic and political, which intensified after 1860, when political factors played the predominant role in emigration, as a result of deteriorating relations with the Spanish metropolis. The year 1869 marked the beginning of one of the most significant periods of emigration from Cuba to the United States, again centered on Key West; the exodus of hundreds of workers and businessmen was linked to the manufacture of tobacco.
The reasons are many: the introduction of more modern techniques of elaboration of snuff, the most direct access to its main market, the United States, the uncertainty about the future of the island, which had suffered years of economic and social unrest during the beginning of the Ten Years' War against Spanish rule. It was an exodus of skilled workers the class in the island that had succeeded in establishing a free labor sector amid a slave economy; the manufacture of snuff by the Cuban labor force, became the most important source of income for Key West between 1869 and 1900. Tampa was added to such efforts, with a strong migration of Cubans, which went from 720 inhabitants in 1880 to 5,532 in 1890. However, the second half of the 1890s marked the decline of the Cuban immigrant population, as an important part of it returned to the island to fight for independence; the War accentuated Cuban immigrant integration into American society, whose numbers were significant: more than 12,000 people.
In the mid- to late 19th century, several cigar manufacturers moved their operations to Key West to get away from growing disruptions as Cubans sought independence from Spanish colonial rule. Many Cuban cigar workers followed; the Cuban government had established a grammar school in Key West to help preserve Cuban culture. There, children learned folk songs and patriotic hymns such as "La Bayamesa", the Cuban national anthem. In 1885, Vicente Martinez Ybor moved his cigar operations from Key West to the town of Tampa, Florida to escape labor strife. Ybor City was designed as a modified company town, it attracted thousands of Cuban workers from Key West and Cuba. West Tampa, another new cigar manufacturing community, was founded nearby in 1892 and grew quickly. Between these communities, the Tampa Bay area's Cuban population grew from nothing to the largest in Florida in just over a decade, the city as a whole grew from a village of 1000 residents in 1885 to over 16,000 by 1900. Both Ybor City and West Tampa were instrumental in Cuba's eventual independence.
Inspired by revolutionaries such as Jose Martí, who visited Florida several times, Tampa-area Cubans and their sympathetic neighbors donated money and sometimes their lives to the cause of Cuba Libre. After the Spanish–American War, some Cubans returned to their native land, but many chose to stay in the U. S. due to the physical and economic devastation caused by years of fighting on the island. Several other small waves of Cuban emigration to the U. S. occurred in the early 20th century. Most settled in Florida and the northeast U. S; the majority of an estimated 100,000 Cubans arriving in that time period came for economic reasons, but included anti-Batista refugees fleeing the military dictatorship, which had pro-U. S. Diplomatic ties. During the'20s and'30s, emigration from Cuba to U. S. territory comprised workers looking for jobs in New York and New Jersey. They were classified as labor migrants and workers, much like other immigrants in the area at that time, thus migrated more than 40,149 in the first decade, encouraged by U.
S. immigration facilities at the time and more than 43,400 by the end of the 30s. Subsequently, the flow of Cubans to the United States fluctuated, due to both the domestic situation in the 40s and 50s in Cuba, U. S. immigration policies, pl
Secaucus, New Jersey
Secaucus is a town in Hudson County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the town's population was 16,264, reflecting an increase of 333 from the 15,931 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 1,870 from the 14,061 counted in the 1990 Census. Located within the New Jersey Meadowlands, it is the most suburban of the county's municipalities, though large parts of the town are dedicated to light manufacturing and transportation uses, as well as protected areas. Secaucus is a derivation of the Algonquian words for "black" and "snake", or "place of snakes", or sekakes, referring to snakes. Sikakes, once an island, was part of the territory purchased by Director-General of New Netherland, Peter Stuyvesant in 1658; the territory was part of what is considered to be the oldest municipality in the state of New Jersey, first chartered in 1660 as Bergen in the province of New Netherland and, in 1683, became Bergen Township. Settlement had begun by at least 1733 by the Smith family, whose namesake Abel I. Smith Burial Ground is part of the lore of Secaucus.
Secaucus was formed as a borough by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 12, 1900, from portions of North Bergen. On June 7, 1917, Secaucus was incorporated as a town, replacing Secaucus borough, based on the results of a referendum held on June 5, 1917. Secaucus was an agricultural community specializing in flowers, it became known for its pig farms in the first half of the 20th century. In the early 1900s the town was home to 55 pig farms, which housed nearly 250,000 pigs, which outnumbered humans 16 to 1; these farms served the meat demands of Newark and New York, made the farmers wealthy. Many of them were local politicians, most notably pork peddler Henry B. Krajewski, who ran for New Jersey senator, three times for governor and twice for U. S. President; the town's pig farms, rendering plants, junk yards gave the town a reputation for being one of the most odorous in the New York metropolitan area. In the 1950s the pig farms began to dwindle due to construction on the New Jersey Turnpike, which would carry tourists who would not appreciate the odor.
In 1963, debris from the demolition of Pennsylvania Station was dumped in the Secaucus Meadowlands. In decades Secaucus became more of a commuter town. In a non-binding referendum in 1969, 90% of voters in Secaucus chose to leave Hudson County and join Bergen County, as that county was more similar in character and had lower taxes. However, only the state has the authority to change county lines, so it never came to fruition. Today it remains the most suburban town in Hudson County. On February 9, 1996, two NJ Transit commuter trains collided at Bergen Junction in Secaucus when a train operating on the Bergen Line ran a signal and sideswiped a train running on the Main Line; the accident occurred during the morning rush hour just south of the current Secaucus Junction station. With three fatalities, the incident is NJ Transit's deadliest accident and was the first to involve fatalities of the passenger and crew on NJ Transit. New Jersey Monthly magazine ranked Secaucus as its 182nd best place to live in its 2010 rankings of the "Best Places To Live" in New Jersey, after ranking the borough 11th in its 2008 rankings.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town had a total area of 6.599 square miles, including 5.822 square miles of land and 0.777 square miles of water. At the southern end of Secaucus is Snake Hill, an igneous rock diabase intrusion jutting up some 150 feet from the Meadowlands below, near the New Jersey Turnpike. Being surrounded by the Hackensack Meadowlands, Secaucus provides opportunities to observe the recovery of natural marshes in the town's post-industrial, post-agricultural age; some marsh areas in the northeast part of town have been filled to provide a new commercial area, some to build footpaths for nature walks with signs illustrating birds and other wildlife to be seen there. It has the most open "green" space in of any town in Hudson County. Unincorporated communities and place names located or within the town include: County Avenue – from Municipal Building to Secaucus Junction Harmon Cove – along the Hackensack River and Meadowlands Turnpike Harmon Meadow – site of Mill Creek Mall and Meadowlands Convention Center Laurel Hill Little Snake Hill Mill Creek Marsh North End – north of New Jersey Route 3.
The Hackensack River and its tributary Mill Creek create the other borders for the district. The North End is one of the older, traditional residential neighborhoods of Secaucus, which itself has been transformed to a commuter town and retail and outlet shopping area in the late 20th century, it is home to Secaucus High School, whose athletic fields are used by the Bergen County Scholastic League. Nearby Schmiddt's Wood is one of the last original hardwood forests in urban North Jersey; as part of the New Jersey Meadowlands District, the areas along the river are characterized by wetlands preservation and restoration areas. Mill Creek Marsh is park administered by the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission and will co
Bayonne, New Jersey
Bayonne bay-OWN is a city in Hudson County, New Jersey, United States. Located in the Gateway Region, Bayonne is situated on a peninsula located between Newark Bay to the west, the Kill Van Kull to the south, New York Bay to the east; as of the 2010 United States Census, the city's population was 63,024, reflecting an increase of 1,182 from the 61,842 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 398 from the 61,444 counted in the 1990 Census. Bayonne was formed as a township on April 1, 1861, from portions of Bergen Township. Bayonne was reincorporated as a city by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 10, 1869, replacing Bayonne Township, subject to the results of a referendum held nine days later. At the time it was formed, Bayonne included the communities of Bergen Point, Constable Hook, Centreville and Saltersville. Bayonne is east of Newark, the state's largest city, north of Elizabeth in Union County and west of Brooklyn, it shares a land border with Jersey City to the north and is connected to Staten Island by the Bayonne Bridge.
While somewhat diminished, traditional manufacturing and maritime activities remain a driving force of the economy of the city, a portion of the Port of New York and New Jersey is located there. Inhabited by Native Americans, the region presently known as Bayonne was claimed by the Netherlands after Henry Hudson explored the Hudson River, named after him. According to Royden Page Whitcomb's 1904 book, First History of Bayonne, New Jersey, the name Bayonne is speculated to have originated with Bayonne, from which Huguenots settled for a year before the founding of New Amsterdam. However, there is no empirical evidence for this notion, considered apocryphal. Whitcomb gives more credence to the idea that Erastus Randall, E. C. Bramhall and B. F. Woolsey, who bought the land owned by Jasper and William Cadmus for real estate speculation, named it Bayonne for purposes of real estate speculation, because it was located on the shores of two bays and New York. Significant civil unrest arose during the Bayonne refinery strikes of 1915–1916, in which Polish American workers staged labor actions against Standard Oil of New Jersey and Tidewater Petroleum, seeking improved pay and working conditions.
Four striking workers were killed. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city had a total area of 11.082 square miles, including 5.804 square miles of land and 5.278 square miles of water was water. The city is located south of Jersey City on a peninsula earlier known as Bergen Neck surrounded by Upper New York Bay to the east, Newark Bay to the west, Kill Van Kull to the south. Unincorporated communities and place names located or within the city include: Bergen Point, Constable Hook and Port Johnson; as of the 2010 United States Census, there were 63,024 people, 25,237 households, 16,050.732 families residing in the city. The population density was 10,858.3 per square mile. There were 27,799 housing units at an average density of 4,789.4 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 69.21% White, 8.86% Black or African American, 0.31% Native American, 7.71% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 10.00% from other races, 3.88% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 25.79% of the population.
Non-Hispanic Whites were 56.8% of the population. There were 25,237 households out of which 29.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.1% were married couples living together, 16.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 36.4% were non-families. 31.6% of all households were made up of individuals, 11.8% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 3.16. In the city, the population was spread out with 22.5% under the age of 18, 8.9% from 18 to 24, 28.1% from 25 to 44, 27.3% from 45 to 64, 13.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38.4 years. For every 100 females there were 91.7 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and older there were 87.9 males. The U. S. Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that median household income was $53,587 and the median family income was $66,077. Males had a median income of $51,188 versus $42,097 for females; the per capita income for the city was $28,698.
About 9.9% of families and 12.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.5% of those under age 18 and 8.4% of those age 65 or over. As of the 2000 United States Census there were 61,842 people, 25,545 households, 16,016 families residing in the city; the population density was 10,992.2 people per square mile. There were 26,826 housing units at an average density of 4,768.2 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 78.8% White, 5.50% African American, 0.2% Native American, 4.1% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 7.46% from other races, 4.02% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 17.81% of the population. As of the 2000 Census, the most common reported ancestries of Bayonne residents were Italian and Polish. There were 25,545 households out of which 28.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.8% were married couples living together, 15.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 37.3% were non-families. 32.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.0% had someone living alone who wa
The Jersey Journal
The Jersey Journal is a daily newspaper, published from Monday through Saturday, covering news and events throughout Hudson County, New Jersey. The Journal is a sister paper to The Star-Ledger of Newark, The Times of Trenton and the Staten Island Advance, all of which are owned by Advance Publications, which bought the paper in 1945. Founded by Civil War veterans William Dunning and Z. K. Pangborn, the Jersey Journal was known as the Evening Journal and was first published on May 2, 1867; the newspaper's first offices were located at 13 Exchange Place in Jersey City with a reported initial capitalization of $119. The newspaper built a new office building on 37 Montgomery Street in 1874. Editor Joseph A. Dear changed the Evening Journal to its current name in 1909; the paper relocated again, to a building at the northeast corner of Bergen and Sip avenues. This building was demolished in 1923 to make room for Journal Square, which took its name from the newspaper; the Journal made its home at 30 Journal Square for the next 90 years.
Its weekly Spanish-language publication, El Nuevo Hudson, ceased publication after the February 26, 2009 edition. In December 2012, it was announced that the newspaper would sell the building and relocate to another location in Hudson County. In August 2013, the paper announced it would move to Secaucus, which it did in January 2014; the Jersey Journal's Newspapers in Education Program, supported with an additional sponsorship, comprises three annual events and awards: the Hudson County Science Fair, the Hudson County Spelling Bee, the Everyday Heroes Awards. 1867-1909: The newspaper is published as The Evening Journal. 1909: The name is changed to The Jersey Journal. 1911: The headquarters are moved to Journal Square. 1951: The paper merges with The Jersey Observer. 2014: The paper's offices move from Jersey City to Secaucus. Official website The Jersey Journal at the Library of Congress History of the Journal "The Jersey Journal turns 150"; the Jersey Journal. May 2, 2017
Havana on the Hudson
Havana on the Hudson is a nickname derived from the capital of Cuba and the geographic proximity to the Hudson River to describe the northern part of Hudson County, New Jersey, in the United States. During the latter half of the 20th century, Cuban émigrés and exiles left their country and relocated to Union City, West New York, surrounding communities in search of economic opportunity and political freedom. Although the area during this period became influenced by Cuban culture, over the course of the decades that followed, many Cubans spread into adjacent towns and many other Hispanic groups moved into the area, resulting in a widespread and diverse Latino culture and identity, non-exclusive of any people of Hispanic descent, though Cubans remain a powerful voting bloc. Numerous towns on the Hudson Palisades in northern Hudson and southeast Bergen counties have populations where more than 50% of the residents are foreign-born with a Hispanic majority, as well as being among those places in the United States with some of the highest population densities.
Prior to the Cuban Revolution 150,000 Cubans lived the United States, with concentrations in New York City and in Key West and Tampa in Florida. There was a small community of about 2,000 people living in Union City, who had arrived after the 1940s, many from Fomento or the semi-rural province of Villa Clara. North Hudson had urbanized and seen massive population growth in the early 20th century and was considered to be the Embroidery Capital of America, due to that and other textile industries, developed by the German speaking immigrants who dominated around the start of the 20th century and were followed by waves of Irish, Jews, Middle Easterners and Italians. By the 1960s, North Hudson was feeling the shift in demographics as urban decline and post-war prosperity of the 1950s led to greater suburbanization in New Jersey. Stable, the population was decreasing. In many ways, influx of new residents led to a changing of the guard that helped save the area from the more severe downward spiral being experienced in older urban areas throughout the New York metropolitan area.
In the last half-century, several hundred thousand Cubans of all social classes have emigrated to the United States. In the immediate aftermath of the Cuban Revolution, an initial exodus of little more than 200,000 people left Cuba, where the Cuban government had begun to nationalize industry and implement Soviet-style policies. Many people headed to the American city nearest the island; the initial wave were connected to the Fulgencio Batista oligarchy, stripped of their property and privilege. The convenience to New York, economic potential, family connections, the possibility of home ownership, a chance to replant a tight-knit community may have been the initial attraction for emigres who were forced to flee; as they moved into the area, they were able to purchase homes and business from those inclined to leave for the suburbs. Hudson County was the preferred destination for many immigrants and soon became the main center for Cuban American culture. Union City had opportunities offered by the embroidery industry.
According to author Lisandro Perez, Miami was not attractive to Cubans prior to the 1960s. A short-lived team, the Jersey City Jerseys, composed of players from the Havana Sugar Kings, made Roosevelt Stadium in Jersey City their home. Following the Cuban Missile Crisis president John F. Kennedy imposed travel restrictions on February 8, 1963, the Cuban Assets Control Regulations were issued on July 8, 1963, under the Trading with the Enemy Act in response to Cubans hosting Soviet nuclear weapons. Under these restrictions, Cuban assets in the United States were frozen and the existing restrictions were consolidated in an embargo, known as el bloqueo, Spanish for blockade; those who wished to leave Cuba were considered refugees, were offered alien resident status in a US sponsored resettlement program transported on what became known as Freedom Flights. As they were unable to take any assets or personal belongings this was only possible for those with friends, family, or sponsors in the United States and the path to citizenship..
Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 changed long-held immigration policies saw new immigration from non-European nations which changed the ethnic make-up of the United States. Immigration doubled between 1965 and 1970, doubled again between 1970 and 1990; the most dramatic effect was to shift immigration from Europe to South America. James Hughes, a professor of urban planning at Rutgers University, was quoted in The New York Times as saying that changes made to immigration laws in 1964 were responsible for much of the influx of Hispanic immigrants to the county; the Mariel boatlift was a mass exodus of Cubans who departed from Cuba's Mariel Harbor for the United States between April 15 and October 31, 1980. Some of these refugees, who had departed on makeshift boats and rafts recovered by the Coast Guard made it to North Hudson. On September 9, 1994, the U. S. and Cuban governments agreed to a Quota system in which the American government would grant at least 20,000 visas annually in exchange for Cuba’s pledge to prevent further unlawful departures by rafters.
During the 1970s and 1980s, Jose Miguel Battle, Sr. a Bay of Pigs Invasion operative who became known as "Godfather of the Cuban mafia", for many years operated in Hudson County. Omega 7, a paramilitary group dedicated to Castro's overthrow, had membership and operations in Hudson County. Other para-military groups operated in the area. Cuban Americans
New Jersey Senate
The New Jersey Senate was established as the upper house of the New Jersey Legislature by the Constitution of 1844, replacing the Legislative Council. There are 40 legislative districts, representing districts with average populations of 210,359; each district has one senator and two members of the New Jersey General Assembly, the lower house of the legislature. Prior to the election in which they are chosen, senators must be a minimum of 30 years old and a resident of the state for four years to be eligible to serve in office. From 1844 until 1965, each county was an electoral district, with each county electing one senator. Under the 1844 Constitution the term of office was three years; the 1947 Constitution changed the term to four years. Since 1968 it has consisted of 40 senators. Senators serve a two-year term at the beginning of each decade, with the rest of the decade divided into two four-year terms; the "2-4-4" cycle was put into place so that Senate elections can reflect the changes made to the district boundaries on the basis of the decennial United States Census.
If the cycle were not put into place the boundaries would sometimes be four years out of date before being used for Senate elections. Rather, with the varied term, the boundaries are only two years out of date, thus elections for Senate seats take place in years ending with a "1", "3" or "7". Interim appointments are made to fill vacant legislative seats by the county committee or committees of the party of the vacating person; the office is on the ballot for the next general election, unless the vacancy occurred within 51 days of the election. The appointment stands until the following general election. Senatorial courtesy is a senate tradition that allows home county legislators to intercede to prevent consideration of a local resident nominated by the Governor for a position that requires Senate confirmation. Any of the senators from the nominee's home county can invoke senatorial courtesy to block a nomination, temporarily or permanently, without any obligation to justify the basis of their actions.
Governor Corzine nominated Stuart Rabner on June 4, 2007, to be the next Chief Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court, replacing James R. Zazzali, nearing mandatory retirement age. Shortly after the nomination, two members of the Senate from Essex County, where Rabner resides, blocked consideration of his confirmation by invoking senatorial courtesy. State Senator Ronald Rice had blocked the nomination, but relented on June 15, 2007, after a meeting with the governor. Nia Gill dropped her block on June 19, 2007, but did not explain the nature of her concerns, though anonymous lawmakers cited in The New York Times indicated that the objection was due to Rabner's race and Governor Corzine's failure to consider a minority candidate for the post. In June 2007, Loretta Weinberg used senatorial courtesy privileges to hold up consideration of a new term in office for Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli; until 2010, in the event of a gubernatorial vacancy, the New Jersey Constitution had specified that the President of the Senate would assume the role of Acting Governor and retain their role in the Senate.
An Acting Governor would assume the governorship while retaining the reins of power in their house of the legislature. The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey took office for the first time on January 19, 2010, following conjoint election with the Governor of New Jersey; the position was created as the result of a Constitutional amendment to the New Jersey State Constitution passed by the voters on November 8, 2005. While the amendment itself took effect as of January 17, 2006, made some interim changes to the succession to the governorship, the first lieutenant governor was not elected until November 3, 2009. District 1: Bob Andrzejczak District 2: Chris A. Brown District 3: Stephen M. Sweeney District 4: Fred H. Madden District 5: Nilsa Cruz-Perez District 6: James Beach District 7: Troy Singleton District 8: Dawn Marie Addiego District 9: Christopher J. Connors District 10: James W. Holzapfel District 11: Vin Gopal District 12: Samuel D. Thompson District 13: Declan O'Scanlon District 14: Linda R. Greenstein District 15: Shirley Turner District 16: Christopher Bateman District 17: Bob Smith District 18: Patrick J. Diegnan District 19: Joseph Vitale District 20: Joseph Cryan District 21: Thomas Kean, Jr. District 22: Nicholas Scutari District 23: Michael J. Doherty District 24: Steve Oroho District 25: Anthony Bucco District 26: Joseph Pennacchio District 27: Richard Codey District 28: Ronald Rice District 29: Teresa Ruiz District 30: Robert Singer District 31: Sandra Bolden Cunningham District 32: Nicholas Sacco District 33: Brian P. Stack District 34: Nia Gill District 35: Nellie Pou District 36: Paul Sarlo District 37: Loretta Weinberg District 38: Joseph Lagana District 39: Gerald Cardinale District 40: Kristin Corrado Committee chairs for the 2018-2019 Legislative Session are: Budget and Appropriations - Paul Sarlo Commerce - Nellie Pou Community and Urban Affairs - Jeff Van Drew Economic Growth - Nilsa Cruz-Perez Education - Teresa Ruiz Environment and Energy - Bob Smith Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens - Joseph Vitale Higher Education - Sandra Bolden Cunningh
Anthony Neil Impreveduto was an American educator and Democratic Party politician who served in the New Jersey General Assembly from 1988 until 2004, when he resigned following a guilty plea to corruption charges that involved use of campaign funds for personal purposes. Impreveduto was born on April 1948, in Jersey City, New Jersey, he attended Weehawken High School. Impreveduto attended Seton Hall University, where he earned a master's degree in education administration and taught in his hometown at Secaucus High School, his first elected position was in 1981 to the New Jersey Town Council. He served in that position until 1992, when he lost the council race to reform candidate Dennis Elwell, who would resign as Mayor of Secaucus in July 2009 after being arrested as part of Operation Bid Rig for accepting a bribe, he was elected to represent the 32nd legislative District in the New Jersey General Assembly in 1987, served there on the Assembly Regulated Professions and Independent Authorities Committee as well as on the Ethics Committee.
In the Assembly, he pushed for legislation to require registration of home contractors and inspectors with the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs and to forbid expiration dates on gift cards sold in the state. As part of a plea deal, Impreveduto pleaded guilty in 2004 to charges that he had diverted campaign contributions for personal uses, such as paying income taxes, travel for members of his family and other personal expenses in addition to sports memorabilia and for his daughter's wedding. Under the deal with New Jersey Attorney General Peter C. Harvey, Impreveduto did not serve any jail time. New Jersey Superior Court Judge Maria Sypek sentenced Impreveduto to five years of probation and a fine of $10,000, saying that his crimes "undermine the public trust" and her hope that the sentence would deter others from taking advantage of campaign funds. In addition to losing his Assembly seat, Impreveduto was forbidden from serving in a public office and was required to disburse the remaining money in his campaign fund, nearly $200,000, to two charitable organizations.
Vincent Prieto, a building code official from Secaucus, was selected by Hudson County Democratic Party leaders to fill Impreveduto's vacant seat in the Assembly. He served on the faculty of William Paterson University, where his courses included political science, he had received a bone marrow transplant in early 2009 after being diagnosed with lymphoma. Impreveduto died at age 61 on August 6, 2009, at Hackensack University Medical Center due to lymphoma, he was survived by his wife, as well as a son. He had married the former Susan Zaluski in 1971 and had three children, Loren Ann, Jamie Lee and Anthony Joseph