BLOOMFIELD, NJ – Councilman-At-Large Richard Rockwell officially took the Oath of Office during Monday’s Bloomfield Township Council Organizational and Conference Meeting in the Council Chambers at the Municipal Building.
After the Certification of Election by Municipal Clerk Louise Palagano, Councilman Rockwell took the Oath, followed by a presentation by Freeholder Carlos Pomares.

“I’ve known Rich for quite some time now and I couldn’t think of a better person to pass the baton on to as we’ve been working together for a good number of years,” said Pomares.  “He is an outstanding member of our community and he’s a dynamite elected official who really cares about what he does – he does not put himself first.”
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Last January, Rockwell originally assumed the seat vacated by Pomares, who was elected as a member of the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders.  Councilman Rockwell now serves until the term expires in 2020.
“I’m very honored to be replacing Carlos in this position,” Rockwell stated.  “I’m very proud to serve on the council and represent the diversity of this council which we want to represent the diversity of our town.  I’m very honored to work with the mayor and council members, and I want to thank everybody who supported me and I’m looking forward to serving another year on the town council.”
Present at the meeting were Mayor Michael J. Venezia, First-Ward Councilwoman Jenny Mundell, Second-Ward Councilman Nicholas Joanow, Third-Ward Councilwoman Sarah Cruz, Councilwoman-At-Large Nina Davis and Councilman-At-Large Ted Gamble.
Also in attendance at were Township Administrator Matthew Watkins, Public Safety Director Sam DeMaio, Finance Director Robert Renna, Township Attorney Michael Parlavecchio, Township Engineer Paul Lasek and Fire Chief Lou Venezia.

Councilwoman Davis provided an update regarding the Martin Luther King Day of Service.
“This is our fifth year doing the day of service and our food drive is a pretty ambitious effort as we want to collect five tons of food,” said Davis.  “The community has been incredibly generous and as of this date we have collected four tons, so we have a little less than two weeks to reach our goal.”
A food drive is scheduled at Brookdale ShopRite this Saturday, January 12.
“With the day of service, we have set up another ambitions goal and that is to make 1,000 hygiene kits, and it’s no small task,” Davis added.  “We need things like toothpaste, toothbrushes and soap.  I have two groups committed to come in and help us (put together the kits).”
There were no public comments at the first meeting of the new year.
The next Township Council Regular Meeting will be Monday, January 28 at 7:00 pm in the Council Chambers of the Municipal Building.
The next Township Council Conference Meeting is Monday, February 11 at 7:00 pm in the Law Enforcement Building.


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