New Mayor, Appointments, Oaths of Office & Mayor's Reception on Monday

Carol Bianchi, deputy mayor for 2015, is set to be appointed as 2016 mayor at the Jan. 4 Bernards Twp. Committee meeting. Township Committeeman John Malay was 2015 mayor.

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - The annual reorganization of Bernards Township's local government, including the appointment of a new mayor, deputy mayor and many other appointments, is set for 7 p.m. on Monday at Town Hall. Two returning Township Committee members also will take an oath of office for new terms.

The meeting, at which the Township Committee's first order of business will be to appoint one of its five members as mayor for 2016, will be followed by a reception at the Liberty Corner firehouse on Church Street in Liberty Corner.

Here is the agenda for the meeting, on which some appointments already are listed.

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Following tradition, the previous year's deputy mayor -- who was Carol Bianchi -- is expected to be appointed as township mayor for a year-long term.

The subsequent selection at Monday's meeting of a deputy mayor from among the five members of the all-Republican Township Committee will set the stage for that official to most likely move into the role of Bernards Township mayor in 2017.

Two re-elected Township Committee members due to be sworn in

Two Township Committee members who already have been serving -- Carolyn Gaziano and John Malay, who served as mayor in 2015 -- also are due to be sworn in to new three-year terms at the reorganization meeting.

Bianchi has already commented publicly on her anticipated appointment as mayor, thanking the committee for what will be her first term as mayor.

In an email to TAP Into Basking Ridge last week, Bianchi said her priorities for the new year will be "to continue our financial stability, maintain our infrastructure, and enhance communications with our residents. In 2016, we anticipate a final development plan for the Millington Quarry and a determination by the court as to whether Bernards Township has met its affordable housing obligations."

She added the township is "prepared to meet these challenges."

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