Nelson Albano

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Nelson Albano
Member of the New Jersey General Assembly
from the 1st district
Assumed office
January 10, 2006
Serving with Bob Andrzejczak
Preceded by John C. Gibson
Personal details
Born (1954-03-11) March 11, 1954 (age 62)
Residence Vineland
Website Legislative web page

Nelson Albano (born March 11, 1954) is an American Democratic Party politician, who served in the New Jersey General Assembly where he represented the 1st Legislative District, having taken office on January 10, 2006. Albano was elected to the Assembly on November 8, 2005, unseating John C. Gibson, who had held the seat from 2004 to 2006 (and also served in the Assembly from 1992–2002).[1]

Albano served in the Assembly on the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee (as Chair) and on the Law and Public Safety Committee (as Vice-Chair).[2]


A native of Vineland, Albano has been active in South Jersey as an advocate for children, families and victim's rights. His 19-year-old son, Michael, was killed in 2001 by a drunk driver who had four previous convictions for drunk driving. In his son's memory, he successfully lobbied to have "Michael's Law" enacted, which stiffens penalties for repeat drunk drivers, imposing prison terms in some cases, and encouraging those convicted to seek treatment for alcoholism.[3]

Albano has been involved with organizations helping children and their families, such as raising thousands of dollars for Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). Albano and his wife have received awards from the New Jersey Senate and the Assembly for the work they have done for the FATAL organization which makes presentations to children in schools about the tragic consequences of drunk driving. He and his family received the Equal Justice Award by the New Jersey Association of Crime Victims Advocates for their efforts and pursuit of "Michael's Law".

Another such organization is the Gabriel Project where Albano has been involved with since it started in 1990, raising over $13,000 to help bring seriously ill children to the United States for heart surgery from Africa.[citation needed]

Albano was Assistant Director of the Harley Owners Group of Cumberland County where he participated in charity rides to raise funds for various organizations.[citation needed] Albano is working with an avid group of riders from the tri-county area to raise money for the hungry and the homeless through an event in June.[citation needed]

A member of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union for 28 years, Nelson represents his fellow union members as shop steward at Village Supermarkets in Vineland.[2]

Albano attended Sacred Heart High School in Vineland. He then continued his education to earn a Journeymanship in Electrical Trades from the Cumberland County Vocational Technical School.[2] He is a resident of Vineland, New Jersey.[4]

District 1[edit]

Each of the 40 districts in the New Jersey Legislature has one representative in the New Jersey Senate and two members in the New Jersey General Assembly. The other representatives from the 1st Legislative District for the 2012-2013 Legislative Session are:[5]

  • Senator Jeff Van Drew (D), and
  • Assemblyman Bob Andrzejczak (D). Matthew W. Milam resigned from his seat in the Assembly as of February 28, 2013,[6] and was replaced by Andrzejczak who was sworn into office in March after being selected by Democratic committee members from Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland counties.[7]

Albano lost reelection in 2013, and will be succeeded by Sam Fiocchi.[8]


  1. ^ Miller, Michael. "1ST DISTRICT ASSEMBLY / ALBANO OVERWHELMS GIBSON / VAN DREW TOPS ALL CANDIDATES AS DEMOCRATS SWEEP", The Press of Atlantic City, November 9, 2005. "Supermarket shop steward Nelson Albano buried six-term incumbent Jack Gibson in a landslide upset in the 1st District Assembly race. Van Drew received 40,314 votes. Albano finished second with 31,589. Gibson finished a distant third with 24,840. Cecola was last with 16,030."
  2. ^ a b c Assemblyman Albano's legislative web page, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed March 31, 2008.
  3. ^ Jones, Jean. "Bill will strengthen Michael's Law", Bridgeton News, May 24, 2006. Accessed October 12, 2007. "Michael's Law was designed to treat third and subsequent drunk driving offenses in a manner that would properly penalize offenders and encourage them to seek treatment for the underlying cause of their problems."
  4. ^ Assembly Member Nelson Albano profile, Project Vote Smart. Accessed August 8, 2007.
  5. ^ Legislative Roster 2012-2013 Session, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed April 10, 2013.
  6. ^ Woods, Don E. "Milam resigns from Assembly seat in First Legislative District", South Jersey Times, February 28, 2013. Accessed March 15, 2013. "In a shakeup in the First Legislative District, Democrat Assemblyman Matt Milam announced tonight that he was resigning.... He will a replaced on the ticket by Bob Andrzejczak, 26, of Middle Township."
  7. ^ Woods, Don E. "Robert Andrzejczak will take oath to replace Matt Milam in First District", South Jersey Times, March 19, 2013. Accessed April 10, 2013. "The First Legislative District Democrats will officially welcome a new member to their team this Thursday.Robert Andrzejczak is scheduled to be sworn as an assemblyman at the Statehouse in Trenton to fill the seat left vacant after the resignation of Assemblyman Matt Milam, D-1st Dist., on Feb. 28."
  8. ^

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