Edison, NJ — Earlier this evening, Edison Township's newly elected council members were sworn in at the Edison Municipal Complex at 6:00 p.m.


Council members Joseph Coyle and Ajay Patil were both re-elected to serve their second term on the council. Former Edison Board of Education member, Richard Brescher and NAACP member, Joyce Ship-Freeman will begin their tenure on the town council this year along with Councilman Coyle and Councilman Patil.


“It’s my commitment to the Edison residents that I will do my best to keep this town moving forward,” stated Councilman Patil. “I thank all the Edison residents who gave me the chance to serve for one more term.”

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Additionally, the new Council President and Vice President were elected tonight during the Council Reorganization. Joyce Ship-Freeman was elected as the Council President and Councilman Samip Joshi was elected to be the Council Vice President. 


“Great new day for Edison in electing Joyce Ship-Freeman as President,” said Councilman Brescher. “With our new Council President we hope to accomplish many great things.”


This is a historic day for Edison as Councilwoman Ship-Freeman is the first African American woman to be elected as the Council President of Edison Township and Councilman Joshi, who was the youngest elected council member in the history of Edison, became the youngest member on the council to be elected as the Council Vice President.


“It was a night of history for our first African American Female to join the council, not just as a councilwoman, but as our Council President and also Sam Joshi as our Vice President,” said Councilman Coyle. “I’m looking forward to working with our mayor and our council to move this town forward”.