Steven Monetti, president of the New Jersey Parking Institute, former executive director of the Fort Lee, N.J. Parking Authority, and former chairman of the North Bergen, N.J., Parking Authority, passed away in late April. He was 67 years old.
Monetti grew up in North Bergen, N.J., and enjoyed a long career in parking. His first job was as a special police officer in Fort Lee and it wasn’t long before town officials noticed his work ethic and professionalism. He started with the parking authority and was a founding member of the New Jersey Association of Parking Authorities and Agencies, which later became the New Jersey Parking Institute. He served as its president for 35 years and then chaired its board of advisors. He was a driving force behind the association’s annual conference, which drew parking professionals from far-away places every year and was known for its outstanding social and networking events—those were regularly attended by local and state lawmakers who valued Monetti’s expertise and company.
Monetti spearheaded New Jersey’s purchase of handheld computers for parking enforcement officers and the state embraced a single system to issue, process, and adjudicate parking offenses. He also brought residential parking permits and payment-in-lieu-of-parking programs to the state. He served on the New Jersey Transportation Advisory Committee for 10 years at the governor’s request, served on the IPI Board of Advisors, and served a term on the IPI Board of Directors.
Monetti is survived by his wife, Josie; son, Steven and his fiancee, Michelle; and daughter, Melissa Cuello and her husband, Pedro; along with several siblings.