MORRISTOWN, NJ -  The Morristown Town Council held its reorganization meeting on Tuesday January 7. The evening began with the swearing in of Robert Iannaccone, Council Member for First Ward, Tawanna Cotten, Council Member for Second Ward, Stefan Armington, Council Member for Third Ward and Sandra Mayer, Council Member for Fourth Ward.

The new council unanimously voted to appoint Stefan Armington as Council President and Toshiba Foster as Council Vice President. New appointments were also made to various committing, boards and commissions.

"As we usher in a new year and a new decade, I have to share some of the town's accomplishments over the past year and plans for the coming year", said Morristown Mayor Tim Dougherty in his annual message.

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Doughtery stated "that the focus for 2019 was the quality of life for all residents". The administration focused on downtown establishments, making sure young people were not only enjoying themselves but that they did so without putting themselves or others at risk, said Dougherty.  He announced that through a partnership with TransOptions, there was an increase in the number of drivers yielding for pedestrians in crosswalks and a reduction in jaywalking. He also stated that three new police officers were hired to "continue to invest in the safety of our town".

Doughterty proudly stated that "Morristown became the first to pass an ordinance restricting the sale of e-cigarettes and supplies to minors while requiring establishments to get licensed to ensure that those businesses know the rules and only sell to responsible adults". 

Other improvements that Dougherty mentioned included the extension of sidewalks on James Street to the town border, the acquisition of 11 acres to expand Footes Pond, park renovations, trail expansions and building renovations. Dougherty stated that 30 new and expanded businesses came to town in 2019.

"This coming year will be important for so many reasons", said Dougherty. "The 2020 census is one of the most important acts of civic duty. I'm asking all residents, citizens and non-citizens,to ensure that you are counted this April".

Dougherty stated that two new businesses are slated to open as well as several developments that will continue in 2020. One project that was mentioned was the building of a parking garage behind the post office on Morris Street.

"I want to reiterate my commitment to not just any development but to the right development", said Dougherty."We welcome projects that add vibrancy and life to our community and value to our neighborhoods. We will continue to serve the Morristown community with the purpose it so greatly deserves and protect and preserve its wonderful heritage and its place as New Jersey's premier town."



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