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Mummolo to Lead Brick Council in 2015

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Councilman Paul Mummolo is sworn in as council president. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
Councilman Paul Mummolo is sworn in as council president. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

Brick Councilman Paul Mummolo will lead the township’s governing body as council president in 2015.

The unanimous vote in favor of appointing Mummolo to the leadership position came after a heartfelt nomination speech by Councilwoman Marianna Pontoriero, who praised her colleague as someone willing to “fight to good fight.”

Councilwoman Heather deJong is sworn in as council vice president. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
Councilwoman Heather deJong is sworn in as council vice president. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

Mummolo, who replaced Charles P. Tivenan on the ballot midway through last year’s election campaign, quickly immersed himself not only in township politics but volunteer opportunities. Pontoriero said she fondly recalled Mummolo working hard to help build the new community playground at Windward Beach last fall.

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“I look forward to leading the council into 2015 and serving the people of Brick as council president,” Mummolo said. “I thank you for this opportunity.”

Mummolo’s vice president will be Councilwoman Heather deJong, who was likewise unanimously voted into the position.

“She always makes herself available to the township employees, the residents, they mayor, whenever she’s called upon,” said Councilwoman Susan Lydecker, who served as council president in 2014.

New council president Paul Mummolo thanks his predecessor, Susan Lydecker. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
New council president Paul Mummolo thanks his predecessor, Susan Lydecker. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

Lydecker, for her part, thanked Mayor John Ducey for helping the council during her tenure. She was honored with a ceremonial gavel and plaque for her service.

“All of our meetings have run very smoothly and efficiently, everyone has had their say, and real business has been accomplished this year,” Lydecker said.