HAMILTON, NJ --  Two weeks after being elected as the next mayor of Hamilton Township, Mayor-elect Jeff Martin announced on Tuesday the co-chairs of subject matter committees that will help recommend the direction of potential policies and programs of the incoming local administration.  Subject areas range from animal welfare to economic development to senior citizen and veterans services.  

Last week, Martin announced Hamiltonians Rachel Holland and Sharon Shinkle-Gardner as overall Transition Team co-chairs

The co-chairs of each committee will work with their yet to be announced committee members, the transition co-chairs and the mayor-elect in insuring a smooth transition.  The representatives have experience as community leaders, elected officials or business leaders in Hamilton Township. 

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“I thank each and every co-chair for their willingness to volunteer and serve Hamilton by insuring a smooth transition to my administration,” said Martin.  “These are all individuals who have dedicated their lives to serving others and seeing their community succeed. I look forward to announcing additional members of the committees in the coming weeks and working with them as we continue the transition.”       

The co-chairs of the subject matter transition subcommittees are: 

Animal Welfare: Brian Hackett (NJ, the Humane Society of the United States) and Kristin Mercer (Co-Founder, It’s a Ruff Life Rescue) 

Operations and Finance: Hon. Anthony “Skip” Cimino (Executive Director, NJ Assembly Democrats) and R. David Rousseau (former New Jersey State Treasurer) 

Public Works and Infrastructure: Nicole Minutoli (NJDOT) and Steven Gardner (NJ State Laborers) 

Public Authorities: Hon. Anthony Carabelli, Sr. (former Mercer County Freeholder) and Andrew Hendry (former President, New Jersey Utilities Association) 

Legal and Court Operations: Arthur Sypek, Esq. (former Mercer County Counsel) and Michael Donahue, Esq. (Managing Partner, Stark & Stark)

Recreation, Education and Youth Activities: Toni DeAngelo (Hamilton Library Board Member) and Jeff Hurley (CEO, Trenton Thunder) 

Economic Development: Jeff Perlman (Managing Partner, Borden Perlman) and Jeannine Cimino (Regional President, Berkshire Bank) 

Non-Profit and Community Development: Dr. Joseph E. Woods (Pastor, St. Phillips Baptist Church) and Diana Zita (CEO, Hamilton YMCA) 

Public Safety: Hon. Samuel Plumeri, Jr. (Chairman, New Jersey Parole Board) and Hon. Gilbert Lugossy (Commissioner, Hamilton Fire District 3) 

Health and Special Needs: Stephanie Pratico (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia), Lisa Breza (Senior Vice President, Robert Wood Johnson Hamilton Hospital), and Suzanne Borgos (Vice President, Capital Health) 

Senior and Veteran Services: Madina Wilson (Director, Mercer County Veteran Services) and Yolanda Stringer (Director of Community Relations, Hamilton Continuing Care) 

Labor and Workforce Development: Debbie Parks (International Vice President, AFSCME) and Charles “Chuddy” Whalen (Assistant Business Manager, Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 9) 

Land Use and Environment: Jen Coffey (Executive Director, Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions) and Peter Kasabach (Executive Director, NJ Future) 

Arts and Tourism: Ellen Renee (Chairwoman, Hamilton Cultural Affairs and Arts Commission) and Gary Schneider (Executive Director, Grounds for Sculpture) 

Members of the public who would like to serve on the transition committee should send a copy of their resume, letter of interest including contact information and area of expertise to MayorMartinTransition@gmail.com or P.O. Box 9431, Hamilton, NJ 08650. 

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