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Elmsford School Superintendent Wins N.J. Group's Top Citizen Award

Elmsford School Superintendent Dr. Joseph Ricca receives his "Citizen of the Year" award from the New Jersey Psychological Association.
in New Jersey last week.
Elmsford School Superintendent Dr. Joseph Ricca receives his "Citizen of the Year" award from the New Jersey Psychological Association. in New Jersey last week. Photo Credit: Contributed

ELMSFORD, N.Y. -- Elmsford School Superintendent Dr. Joseph Ricca, a New Jersey resident, was honored last week with the 2013 Citizen of the Year Award from the N.J. Psychological Association.

Ricca, in his first year in Elmsford, Superintendent of Schools in East Hanover Township Public Schools District after serving as Superintendent of the East Hanover Township superintendent, was cited for his work in partnership with county and state officials in anti-bullying campaigns.

"(Mr. Ricca) is most deserving of this award as he has made significant contributions to the ideals of mental health and social welfare," said Jeannine Zoppi, Ph.D in her nomination letter. "Dr. Ricca has made a significant impact on mental health ideals and on social welfare."

As NJPA Anti-Bullying Committee Chair, Zoppi consulted with Dr. Ricca and his staff in planning their 2012 Community Night of Respect, a program that focused on educating students, parents and the larger community about bullying.

"During my many interactions with Dr. Ricca, his commitment... sent a strong and vital message to the community that psychologists and psychology are vital and necessary components to alleviating bullying," Zoppi said.

"Without a doubt, I am honored and humbled to have received this award," said Ricca, who continued his anti-bullying work in the school district by partnering with the Village of Elmsford during October's Anti-Bullying Month campaign.

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