Remembering a friend and progressive

promoted by Rosi – I also admired Paul Eisenman

Just a short diary as anyone who has been involved in Bergen County (or probably north Jersey) politics has come across Paul Eisenman at one time or another.  I found out late Sunday night that Paul passed away earlier that day, and although I probably hadn’t seen him in a year or so, I considered him a friend and someone to look up to.

Paul is probably best known for either Bergen Grassroots, which I believe was the chapter up here for Democracy for America – or his tireless work to bring pay-to-play reform to Bergen County.  The stain on the County from the pay-to-play politics had Paul seek out those in either party who would end this practice in Bergen.  His passion – even when I first met him when he was close to 80 years old – was something to admire.  His charisma drew me in as we worked on a few District wide issues over a 3-4 year period and I will always remember him fondly.

There is a lot more that can be said about Paul, but I’ll leave it at that – he was a man that I knew for a few short years, but he taught me a lot during that time and was a pleasure to talk to, learn from and be around.

He will most certainly be missed.

Comments (4)

  1. Rosi Efthim

    Paul was tough. Critical. Prickly, even, sometimes. But he was also wildly creative, completely dedicated, highly intelligent and knew how to organize. I always took whatever he said seriously, because it was 100% clear that he backed what he said with his own hard work. The polar opposite of an all-talk man. Where Paul was, there was action brewing. He was a phenomenal man, and I feel personally lucky to have known him, and watched him work.

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  2. carolh

    He made a home for Progressives up here and was such an inspiring leader in this community. I can’t bear to imagine him gone.  It’s quite unthinkable. Such a tremendous loss.  I learned an awful lot from him and the folks I met at Bergen Grassroots.  You can change government for the better.  At this moment in time, Freeholder candidates  – both Republican and Democrat before making a run for office first make a stop at Larch avenue and allow themselves to be grilled by the Bergen Grassroots group  Paul led.   That is new like the anti Pay to Play law finally passed – and completely due to Paul’s hard work.  

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  3. Senator Loretta Weinberg

    Was a friend, colleague, fellow activist, and very determined to help change his little corner of the world…and he succeeded!

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  4. Joebluejersey11

    He will be missed and he made changes. But even Paul will admit more has to be done. Sadly the Bergen Republicans need to end the ban on unions being allowed to give donations. It is an American  right and there is nothing more that Paul would want. We must RISE UP and tell the Bergen Republicans to end the pay to play, to stop the Norcorss Insurance Contract and to stop giving legal contracts to all the law firms that have funneled money through the Republican Governors Association and NJ GOP. While Bergen Grassroots have endorsedTea Party Freeholder Rob Hermansan and Bergen Exeucutive Donovan, the fight must go on have these politicans stop the pay to play that erodes our great community. NOW, lets do it for Paul.

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