Middlesex County Freeholder Carol Barrett Bellante
Middlesex County Freeholder Carol Barrett Bellante was born and raised in the City of New Brunswick. A 1959 graduate of New Brunswick High School, she recently retired after 41 years of service to Middlesex County. She currently serves as Freeholder Chairperson of the County’s Engineering and Planning Committee.
Carol Barrett Bellante also had an active and distinguished career dedicated to the labor movement, particularly to the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. She served as the President of AFSCME Local 3440, which represents public employees serving Middlesex County, and as President of AFSCME Council 73, which represents more than 10,000 government employees throughout Central New Jersey. She also served as Executive Secretary of the Middlesex County Central Labor Council of the AFL-CIO. In recognition of her dedication to labor, she received the Middlesex County AFL-CIO Labor Council's 1990 "Woman of the Year" Award and in 2001 received the "Hubert H. Humphrey Friend of Labor" Award.
Carol Barrett Bellante served on the South Brunswick Township Council from 1998 to 2009. She served as Deputy Mayor from 2001 to 2009. She also served on the South Brunswick Zoning Board in 1997. As a public official, she has been an effective advocate for improved provision of services to senior citizens. She also worked to expand and improve the public library and recreation facilities throughout South Brunswick.
In her role as Chairperson of the Engineering and Planning Committee, Freeholder Barrett Bellante was instrumental in the County’s efforts to complete the Middlesex County Greenway and to add the 180-acre, historically important Pulda Farm in South Brunswick to the County’s very successful Open Space Preservation Program.