After 10 years on the bench, Larry Rufo has left the part-time Newark Alderman position. Last night a surprise farewell party was held for former Alderman, "Larry" Rufo. The recently renovated second floor of the Deer Park hosted the upbeat and congratulatory affair. There were resounding thanks from the City of Newark for a job well done, in reducing the backlog of cases and in collecting delinquent fines. And many amusing reminiscences were shared reflecting Rufo's distinctive judicial style.
When asked what he would do with himself, Rufo said 'It's the first time in a long time that I have only one job. I am going to spend more time with my family.' Deputy Alderman, Robert F. Welshmer, will be struggling to cover all court sessions until the position can be filled.