Ray Bramucci, a lifelong public servant dedicated to the dignity of work

New Jersey Politics

Senator Bill Bradley chose Ray to lead his

New Jersey Office


Chosen by Governor Jim Florio to serve as
Comissioner of New Jersey’s $375 million,
4,000 employees Department of Labour

ILGW Union

Championing fair play by both
workers and employers

Vision Statement

To be a pre-eminent Catholic Franciscan University where scholarship and the practice of teaching and learning place students first in the enduring quest for truth and the persistent pursuit of competence, character, and compassion.

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Raymond L. Bramucci

Ray Bramucci was born in 1934 in Ludlow, Massachusetts to Italian immigrant parents who lived through significant Depression era poverty. With only an 11th grade education, Ray’s career took him from labor union organizer, to a key staff director for a US Senator, then to serving as Labor Commissioner for the State of New Jersey and later to Assistant Director of Labor for the United States. He was a life-long public servant dedicated to the dignity of work.

Through his life he was a friend, mentor and trusted advisor to thousands of people. He was also a husband and father. He had a long relationship with Felician College (now Felician University) whose core principles of standing up for and helping others Ray personified. Felician University owes a debt of gratitude for all of Ray’s devotion to us and we are proud to preserve in a small way Ray’s memory with this web site. We have also named a large gathering place in our Education Commons Building “Ray’s Place-Bramucci Unity Hall. Other artifacts and memorabilia from Ray’s life are on display

Here you will find video and audio and recordings, letters and documents pertaining to Ray’s life and work. We hope to add to this collection over time.

Ray was truly one who helped bend the arc of the universe toward justice. Below are some is awards and positions he held during his life.


  • Director of State Operations, US Senator Bill Bradley
  • NJ Commissioner of Labor
  • US Assistant Secretary of Labor
  • Board of Regents/Trustees , Felician University of New Jersey Executive Director Seton Hall Institute on Work Adjunct Professor, Rutgers University Board member American Community Partnerships, Washington, DC Board, New Jersey Black Achievers program Chair, New York Times Annual Young Citizen Award National Chair, American Veterans Committee Member, Advisory Board, Robert Woods Johnson Foundation


    Congressman Peter Rodino Medal Of Honor, Seton Hall Law School Labor Law award, Employees of New Jersey Doctor of Humane Letters, Felician University of New Jersey Man of the year, Hemophilia Foundation of New Jersey Labor Man of the Years, Bergen County Community College Honoree, Bergen County Boy Scouts Council

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