LIVINGSTON, NJ — Governor-Elect Phil Murphy administered the Oath of Office to Livingston Mayor Ed Meinhardt and Deputy Mayor Al Anthony on Monday after both men were unanimously elected by their fellow councilmen to serve in these respective positions for the year of 2018.

During Monday’s reorganization meeting at the Livingston Senior and Community Center, outgoing Mayor Shawn Klein officially handed over the gavel to Meinhardt and wished him luck in his first term as mayor.

In his own final moments in the position, Klein thanked his wife, Cindy, their two sons, Jack and Leo, and the numerous Livingston residents, volunteers and staff members that supported him over the last year.

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Klein said that serving as mayor of Livingston was one of the greatest honors of his life and thanked residents for giving him the opportunity to represent them. He added that he hopes he served in a way that made residents proud of both the council and the township.

“When I started this year as mayor, I spoke about the show ‘Hamilton’ and how Aaron Burr was a villain because he advised Hamilton that it was good politics to ‘talk less, smile more—don’t let others know what you are against or what you’re for,’” said Klein. “Hamilton rejected this idea. Leaders must lead. We cannot be afraid to do what is right, to make a challenge. This council will continue on with efficient, smart government. We will continue on with creative solutions to our problems.”

Klein concluded by vowing to help continue making Livingston “the place where so many people grow up and move back to raise their families.”

As per tradition, the new mayor presented the outgoing mayor with “gifts,” including his own gavel, a green “L” hat representing the township and a giant recycling bin representing Klein’s commitment to the environment.

Councilman Michael Silverman was the first to officially nominate Meinhardt as mayor, noting the many time-consuming projects Meinhardt has been involved in over the last three years as well as how his experience in sales and as a past president of Temple B’nai Abraham will benefit him in this new role. Silverman said these roles have provided Meinhardt with “the groundwork for what it takes to lead a community of families during good times and bad.”

“I am energized and ready to continue the important work this council has accomplished over the past few years,” said Meinhardt. “We will continue to concentrate not just on the current issues, but the critical strategic planning and forecasting of the next five-to-10 years. I am very proud of the work that the council has done this year. It is imperative that we are a body of and for our residents.”

Meinhardt also thanked the his wife, Elena, his daughter and son, Jillian and Garrett, and other family members as well as the residents, department heads, volunteers and local business leaders of Livingston for their support.

“I look forward to continuing working hard to ensure Livingston’s future, to make sure our town is the community our children and grandchildren choose to come home to and raise their families in,” he said. “In this New Year, may God grant universal peace to the world we live in, may God Bless the United States of America and may God bless our town and all the residents of Livingston.”

As his first mayoral act, Meinhardt nominated Anthony as deputy mayor, putting Anthony on deck to serve his second term as mayor in 2019.

“Al is a man of honesty and integrity and despite his very busy, active career and family life, he always finds time for the greater good of the residents of Livingston,” said Meinhardt. “Al is deeply devoted, dedicated and instrumental to environmental, land, animal and sports issues and concerns that our town faces…Al, I look forward to working closely with you this year, drawing on your knowledge, experience and our friendship—as we, this council, will accomplish much in 2018.”

The entire council thanked the members of the many township committees who were re-appointed during Monday’s meeting. Members of the council also took turns thanking Acting Township Manager Russ Jones for continuing the duties of township manager as they search for a permanent one as well as Jones’ wife for supporting him.

The Meinhardt and Anthony families joined them at the podium as Murphy delivered the Oath of Office.

To learn more about Meinhardt and the council’s goals for 2018, click HERE.