DUMONT, N.J. — Julia Elizabeth Roman of Dumont was honored posthumously Tuesday in a New York City proclamation for her outstanding achievements and service.
Julia was 43 years old when she died on Nov. 16 of an amniotic fluid embolism delivering newborn fraternal twin girls.
She was MTA's first female escalator mechanic and was elected by her peers to become the first female shop steward for Transport Workers Union Local 100.
Julia is survived by her twin girls, Grace and Isabella; 5-year-old daughter, Victoria; 19-year-old son, Dwayne; 26-year-old daughter, Valeria; and husband, Victor Roman.
The proclamation was presented by Elizabeth Crowley, New York City Council Member (District 30); Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito; Chair of the NYC Council Transportatoin Committee Member Ydanis Rodriguez; and Co-Chairs of the Women's Caucus Laurie A. Cumbo; and Helen Rosenthal.
"Like countless women, Ms. Roman worked tirelessly to juggle all the responsibilities of career and family to secure a better life for her children," the proclamation reads.
"Ms. Roman's death is a painful reminder that maternal mortality still happens in the 21st century. In fact, more women are dying of pregnancy-related complications in America than any other developed country."
New York City council members sponsored Local Law 55 -- enacted in March -- which requires Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to report to the council annually on maternal mortality ultimately reducing maternal mortality rates through recommendations.
The proclamation reads:
"Be it known that the Council of the City of New York honors the life and indelible memory of Julia Elizabeth Roman for her outstanding achievements and her service to her fellow New Yorkers."
Donations of wipes, diapers of all sizes and Similac Neosure Formula for Infants are still being accepted at the Dumont Police Department.
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