Rep. Sherrill Invites Parsippany Mayor Michael Soriano as Virtual Guest to President Biden’s First Address to Joint Session

April 28, 2021
Press Release

Washington, DC – Representative Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11) announced today she has invited Parsippany Mayor Michael Soriano to be her virtual guest for President’s Biden Joint Session Address to Congress this evening.

“In his first 100 days, President Biden has been true to his word and delivered for the American people by setting us on a path to build back better. New Jersey towns have been hit incredibly hard by the pandemic. The American Rescue Plan -- which I proudly fought for -- brings direct relief to our towns to ensure mayors don’t have to furlough critical workers and raise taxes when so many families are struggling,” said Rep. Sherrill. “Tonight, the President will address Congress and the nation to highlight the work we’ve done and lay out his vision for how we can expand on it. I am excited to invite Parsippany Mayor Michael Soriano to be my virtual guest for this year’s address. As mayor of one of the biggest towns in NJ-11, he worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic to keep residents safe and keep essential services up and running. Thanks to the American Rescue Plan and the direct state and local funding that I fought to keep included, the help mayors like Mayor Soriano need to keep their communities working, overcome revenue shortfalls, and build for the future is on its way.”

“It’s an honor to be invited by Rep. Sherrill, she’s been working hard for NJ-11, and for Parsippany,” said Mayor Soriano. “Our community has been hit so hard over the past year from the pandemic and the economic fallout. I’ll be very interested in hearing what the President hopes to achieve, both for the country, and for municipalities like ours who are doing everything they can to recover and make ends meet. So many expenses are hitting our residents right now. With property taxes coming due, it’s nearly impossible for countless residents to keep up. Our residents deserve this American Rescue Plan money to offset the impossible choices they’ve had to make to simply keep food on the table for their families.”

Through the last year, Mayor Soriano led the Parsippany community through the pandemic, weathering a historic public health and economic crisis. Northern New Jersey was one of the areas hit first and hardest in the first wave of the pandemic and has been dealing with the impact ever since. As part of the American Rescue Plan, Parsippany will receive an estimated $5.39 million in direct state and local aid. Overall, counties and municipalities in the 11th District will receive an estimated $475 million in direct support, double the amount provided under the CARES Act. This funding will be crucial for communities to confront revenue shortfalls from the last year, keep first-responders on the job, keep essential services up and running, and allow them to begin making investments for the future as the economy begins to recover.

Mayor Soriano was first elected mayor of Parsippany, New Jersey in 2017. Before that, Soriano was a second-generation career electrician. He served as a foreman and superintendent on construction jobs, including the Freedom Tower.

Parsippany is the largest town in Morris County and the second largest in New Jersey’s 11th Congressional District.