EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - After a contentious and rancorous meeting two weeks ago, the East Brunswick Township Council reconvened Monday night to once again attempt to fill the vacancy created when former Councilwoman Nancy Pinkin moved on to her higher office in the New Jersey State Assembly. At the prior meeting, the council had deadlocked 2-2, with Council President Camille Ferraro and Vice President Denise Contrino voting for candidate Donna McEvoy, while Councilmen James Wendell and Michael Hughes voting for candidate Michael Spadafino. The tie could have been broken by East Brunswick Mayor David Stahl, however Mayor Stahl, as is his right under Municipal Legislative law, elected to withhold his deciding vote until the latest possible date, which was 30 days from Councilwoman Pinkin's resignation. The Feb. 10 meeting would have brought that deadline into focus, so last night was the pivotal moment in the process.
While Council members Hughes, Wendell, and Contrino maintained their vote, Council President Ferraro elected to make the switch, voting this time for Spadafino, thus avoiding Mayor Stahl's need to break the tie, and electing Spadafino by a 3-1 margin over McEvoy. Spadafino was then immediately sworn in to his new role. He will serve the remainder of councilwoman Pinkin's term, and will be eligible to run for re-election later this year.
Spadafino, aged 64, is a lifelong East Brunswick resident, having graduated from East Brunswick High School. After attending the University of Northern Colorado and receiving undergraduate and secondary education degrees, he returned to East Brunswick and spent ten years as a science teacher at the High School. He then went on to pursue a degree and residency as a Chiropractor, and subsequently established a practice in East Brunswick, which he currently maintains as a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician.