NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. - Thursday's re-organization meeting kicked off a new year for the City Council.
It could also be an important year for three council members whose terms are set to expire Dec. 31.
Council President John Anderson, Vice President Suzanne Sicora-Ludwig and Councilman Glen Fleming - along with their fellow council members Rebecca Escobar and Kevin Egan - started 2020 with a meeting that spanned less than 20 minutes.
Sicora-Ludwig, however, was designated to the Planning Board and to the board of directors at City Market. Fleming was picked as liaison for the Citizen's Recreation Committee and the Board of Education.
Escobar will continue to be the council's liaison to the Housing Authority and Egan will be the liaison to the Parking Authority. Anderson will be the liaison to human relations.
"I am eager to continue serving all individuals of my community and to continue fostering my relationship with all the institutions that contribute to our growth and diversity," Sicora-Ludwig told TAPinto New Brunswick.
"Each of these, in addition to all small business owners that call New Brunswick their home, lend to the success of our city through such things as generous outreach programs, employment stability and a rich cultural diversity. I am proud to serve alongside President Anderson for the coming year so we may continue our resolve toward progressive policies fostering a climate of innovation for healthcare and technological advancements, advancements through the arts and protection of our environment - making New Brunswick a stronger and safer place for generations to come," she said.
Sicora-Ludwig also cited the municipal identification program, the ordinance requiring private sector employers to provide paid sick time and safe time to employees, and the opening of the $172 million New Brunswick Performing Arts Center as a few examples of successes for the council and the city over the past few years.
"Hopefully the last year was a successful one for the citizens of New Brunswick," Anderson told TAPinto New Brunswick. "I believe the council meetings were run with dignity and respect. Citizens got more services and were sure to get treated by their employer fairly along with their landlords. We helped build up the downtown area and paid attention to quality of life issues."
There were also many appointments on Thursday's agenda.
Julianne Alicino was appointed to the Library Board of Trustees, Judith Durica (through 2022) and Clara Haynes (through 2020) were appointed to the Parks and Gardens Commission, Peter Lampent and Thomas Valenti were re-appointed to the Property Maintenance Code Board of Appeals and Brother Jude Lasota was re-appointed to the Board of Ethics through 2024.
Also, Eva Alford, Edwina Armstrong, Margaret Booker, Annie Felton, Thelma Kassai, Rosa Ortiz and Elsa Acevedo were appointed to the Senior Citizen Advisory Council Board.