EAST HANOVER, NJ- East Hanover resident Brian Brokaw officially took his seat for the first time on Tuesday, January 3rd, during East Hanover’s reorganization meeting. The newly minted town councilman was sworn in by Mayor Pannullo and was surrounded by a room full of friends, family, dignitaries and well-wishers that cheered him on.

Back in November, Brokaw ran as a Democrat against sitting incumbent Giuseppe (Joe) Peluso. Brokaw brought in 3,108 votes to win the seat and achieved this by a margin of 197 votes. He now joins the dais with fellow council members Michael Martorelli, Carolyn Jandoli and newly appointed Council President, Frank DeMaio.

“I would like to welcome the newest member of Team Pannullo, Councilman Brian Brokaw, to the governing body of East Hanover,” DeMaio said in his remarks to the community. “Councilman Brokaw worked very hard during his campaign and I know he will bring that work ethic to the council. I look forward to working with him to continue to move East Hanover forward.”

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Mayor Pannullo performed the swearing in ceremony and administered Brokaw his Oath of Office. This was quickly followed by a special invocation by Fr. Matthew Kranc of St. Rose of Lima Church in East Hanover. The priest laid a blessing upon Brokaw that he might serve the town well and extended his blessing to his family and all in attendance that evening.

Brokaw used his first address to the community to thank many people throughout the community. He thanked God first and Fr. Mathew for his presence that evening. He followed up with gratitude for his wife and children for their love and support. He even thanked his opponent during the election, former councilman Peluso, for his years of service to the town.

“I am proud and humbled to be sitting here representing this exceptional Township of East Hanover,” Brokaw went on to say at the end of his address. “Thank you for all of the support and confidence you have in me and I am looking forward to working with Mayor Pannullo and his Township Council to continue to keep East Hanover the great place that it is to live.”