HOLMDEL, NJ - It was a packed house at Bell works during the 2020 reorganization of the newest Holmdel Township Committee, as two new elected officials were sworn in by the Municipal Clerk; Cathy Weber and Prakash Santhana.
The meeting began with an invocation by Father M.J. Patilla, and the Pledge of Allegiance led by Peter Buontempo.
Following the swearing-in, the choice of Mayor was recommended by committeeman Rocco Pascucci. He recommended Greg Buontempo. The vote was unanimous and Greg Buontempo was sworn in as mayor by Senator Declan O'Scanlon. O'Scanlon leases office space at Bell Works for his constituent services.
The Deputy Mayor position was approved unanimously for Cathy Weber. She was sworn in to her first three-year term by the Municipal Clerk.
One of Weber's first initiatives was met with unanimous support. She requested that public comments be allowed before consent agenda - all elected officials were in favor of it. This enables citizens to speak publicly in regard to items on the agenda instead of waiting until later in the meeting when the issue may have already been voted upon.
The agenda was full of resolutions approving citizens to a host of board and committees. They were all sworn in at once. You can view it here:
New Mayor Greg Buontempo gave a speech thanking his supporters. "First I'd like to thank Senator Declan O'Scanlon for taking your time to join us this evening." He also thanked his wife and children and family as well as other elected officials who were present. "I've always striven and I'll always strive to be responsible and creative, a shepard of our township resources as I possibly can be," said Buontempo. He listed a number of accomplishments.
He also took issue with voter apathy and lamented the low turnout in elections. "In the last three municipal elections less than 40% of all registered voters cast a ballot. The fact it is not 100% is almost appalling to me and I think frankly we should be ashamed of ourselves as a community. We could and should do better."
You can view his speech here:
Santhana commented to TAPinto, "I am Looking forward to working with everybody in 2020. Our primary goal is lowering taxes, and working together in a transparent and inclusive way."
Weber added, "I'm looking forward to the opportunity to represent all the residents of Holmdel, and I am grateful and humbled with the opportunity to do so."
The venue of iconic Bell Works was a notable change for Holmdel. The audience was excited to be there, and at the conclusion of the meeting the guests exited the conference room to enjoy refreshments in the main atrium area.