Commissioner Yraida Aponte-Lipski always had a passion for public service, particularly public health. From an early age, while living in the Dominican Republic, she witnessed families and her community suffer from inadequate healthcare. She decided to do something about it: she went to dental school, but it became too financially burdensome for her family. Yraida came to the United States seeking educational and economic opportunities, working during the day and attending school at night. Yraida’s hard work paid off. She earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in dental hygiene, a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, and a Master of Public Health degree. She puts this knowledge to work every day for the good of our community.
Currently, Commissioner Aponte-Lipski is a professor and clinical instructor at Eastern International College in Journal Square. She has received numerous awards for the work she does to promote health care in our community. Yraida is an active member of the Hispanic Dental Association and the New Jersey Dental Hygiene Association, where she sits on a committee that advocates for improved dental services for seniors and children.
Married to former Jersey City Councilman Steve Lipski for 27 years, Yraida and Steve have resided in County Commissioner District 4 for over 25 years. She is also an elected Democratic Committeewoman in Ward C, District 23, and serves as the Sergeant-At-Arms for the Jersey City Democratic Organization. She is a member of the Friends of Liberty State Park, Serra Club, and Loyal Order of the Moose. She was awarded the “Service Above Self” Community Service Award from the Rotary Club of Jersey City, and she has been an honoree of the Jersey City St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee and the Jersey City Dominican Parade Committee.