Local government observers will have two chances to see their elected officials in action – the second time with, expectedly, sufficient pomp and circumstance.
The township normally hosts an “end of year” council meeting to close out pending issues and, occasionally, introduce a new matter before the year ends. Traditionally, held on the last day of the year, this year’s final meeting will take place Friday, Dec. 29 due to the final two days of 2023 occurring on the weekend. The council meeting will be held in the council chambers at town hall, though the meeting will begin at 10 a.m. instead of the usual evening start.
A few days later on Jan. 2, newly-elected Mayor Lisa Crate will be sworn in for her first stint as elected mayor after winning the remaunder of the unexpired term of her predecessor, John Ducey, who resigned in the spring for 2023 after being appointed a Superior Court judge. Crate led an all-Democratic team to victory, securing a strong 6-1 majority on the council, though she will have to run again next year for her first full term, since Ducey would have seen his term expire at the end of 2024.
Also being sworn into office are incumbents Derrick Ambrosino and Melissa Travers, who are also filling unexpired terms, and Vincent Minicino, who was re-elected. Newcomer Steve Feinman will also be sworn into office.
The Jan. 2 reorganization meeting, which will include the swearing-in ceremonies, will be held in the council chambers at 5 p.m. The reorganization meeting also includes the selection of the council president and vice president, plus the appointments of numerous township professionals, from attorneys, to engineers, to others who provide municipal services.