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Tracy Silna Zur has served six years as a Bergen County Freeholder. She is a life-long Bergen County resident, who holds a B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin, a law degree from Fordham University, and a Masters in Public Administration from Rutgers University. Tracy has been married to her husband, Bobby, for 24 years and they have three children, Coby (20), Kayla (16), and Logan (12).

As a Freeholder, Tracy Zur has many legislative accomplishments, including:

•    She championed the realignment of the County Police under the Sheriff's Department ensuring taxpayer savings and more efficient law enforcement in Bergen County.
•    Freeholder Zur has promoted wellness initiatives including group exercise in the county parks and gardens at both the homeless shelter in Hackensack and at Springhouse, which is a women's clinical halfway house.
•    She has been an active member of the Board of Social Services, and her work of the Building Committee brought about a move which resulted in a savings of over $800,000 per year.
•    Tracy has been an adamant advocate for employment, housing, and social programs for adults with special needs. Her priority is formalizing a county-wide strategic plan for grappling with these post-21 challenges.
o    Her first major accomplishment in this arena was getting Bergen County to be one of two pilots in New Jersey for Project SEARCH. The first class graduated in June of 2017.
•    Freeholder Zur has been an avid advocate for mental health and addiction services.
o    In 2015, Tracy, along with Freeholders Sullivan and Voss, advocated for an increase of detox beds at New Bridge Medical Center (formerly Bergen Regional Medical Center). Today, the beds are now at 82, up from 54 in 2015.
o    In 2017, she, along with County Executive James J. Tedesco III, advocated before the New Jersey State Assembly's Budget Committee to protect state funding for mental health agencies.
o    In 2017, Tracy underwent an eight hour mental health first aid training.
•    Freeholder Zur has been an advocate for increased representation of cultural groups.

o    In 2015, she successfully saw to fruition the first Israeli flag raising by the County of Bergen.
o    In 2016, she championed the formation of the LGBTQ Advisory Committee and a Pride flag raising.
o    In 2017, she, along with County Executive James J. Tedesco III announced the new operators of New Bridge Medical Center as CarePlus Bergen, Rutgers Medical School, and Integrity House.
•    As the liaison to the state legislature, Freeholder Zur proposed a bill (A-4990) to Assemblyman Lagana to strengthen location and confidentiality on certain crime victims.
o    In May, 2017, the bill passed unanimously through the State Assembly and was referred to the State Senate.
•    Tracy has been chiefly responsible for formalizing the county's summer internship program to enhance its educational components.

Freehold Zur has had extensive professional experience prior to her election. She has served as a municipal prosecutor in Hoboken, a judge in Bergen County Central Municipal Court, the sixth busiest court in New Jersey, and as the Public Defender to both Englewood and Woodcliff Lake. In addition, Freeholder Zur has served as legal counsel to Congressman Bill Pascrell and is a past Commissioner on the Bergen County Utilities Board. She practiced law at several notable firms in the county handling municipal issues as well as criminal defense work, and most recently served as an Assistant Corporation Counsel in Jersey City.

Tracy has always been an active member of her community by serving as a Board Member of both the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey as a Women's Philanthropy and Executive Board Member, as well as being an active member of the PTA. In addition, Tracy sits of the Board of Trustees at the Gerrard Berman Day School, and has volunteered for Alternatives to Domestic Violence and Meals on Wheels. She also serves as an NLC and Simon Wisenthal Center mentor and serves on the Boards of both Emerge NJ and Women for Progress.
In 2017 Tracy formed the nonprofit group, We the People- Embrace. Empower. Engage.  Together with a friend from the Muslim community and friend from the Sikh community, Tracy arranged a day of service, on Martin Luther King Day, for kids from 5th - 8th grade. We the People is meant for children to realize that their similarities are greater than their differences and that we all are a part of one shared community. In 2018, the day of service had over 200 children from across Bergen County participate in making hygiene kits for the homeless shelter, activity bags for children in Hackensack University Medical Center, blankets for seniors at New Bridge Medical Center, cat toys for the Bergen County animal shelter, and write letters to our active service men and women.

About Tracy

  • Helped cut $7 Million in spending delivering NO tax increases in 2014 and cut an additional $1 million in 2015 - While restoring $6.5 million in education funding and protecting essential services for seniors
  • Spearheaded the realignment of the County Police Department as a Division of the Sheriff's Department which will save taxpayers $200 million dollars
  • Worked across party lines resulting in over 99% of resolutions being passed by a bi-partisan majority 
  • Started "Meetings on the Road" making government more accessible to residents
  • Formed a Post 21 working group as an ad hoc committee of the Freeholder Board to better articulate and advance a strategic plan aiding Bergen County's special needs children and their families
  • Spearheaded a traveling presentation to all the Rotary Clubs and Chambers of Commerce in Bergen County to explain the advantages of hiring people with disabilities
  • Fought for and succeeded in allocating $30,000 in the 2015 budget for a pilot program with Project Search to provide meaningful internships to individuals with disabilities 
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