NEWTON, NJ—The Newton Town Council chose the town’s Mayor and Deputy Mayor at their reorganization meeting on Tuesday, January 7.

The municipal court was packed to capacity as the new Newton Mayor and Deputy Mayor were sworn in. The 2020 mayor is Sandra Diglio. Daniel Flynn will remian as Deputy Mayor.

Diglio was sworn in by Sanford L Hollander, ESQ and accompanied by her friend Joan Current. Flynn was sworn in by Municipal Clerk Lorraine Reed and accompanied by his sister Laura.

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Both Diglio and Flynn said a few words after they were sworn in about what their expectations are for their upcoming terms.

Flynn explained a little about why he did not continue with the normal succession of deputy mayor to mayor.

“Some of you might be wondering why I didn’t stick with the normal succession of becoming Deputy Mayor to Mayor and I would add to that saying that it is not about me, it is about the Town of Newton and what is best for the Town of Newton. There have been some changes in my professional career and family life, and it hasn’t allowed me. I know the obligations of being Mayor and it is very time-consuming and it is a very important position and it requires a lot of time in town, and that I was not able to offer. So, I asked my colleagues if I could continue in the leadership role of Deputy Mayor and help support the Mayor Sandra Diglio, in her new leadership role and she will do a great job. I am very excited for 2020. We have an entirely new leadership role in our Police Department, which continues to impress, and the countless redevelopment projects we have going on. So, I just say that all eyes are on newton in 2020 and great things are to be had. Thank you very much.”

Diglio followed Flynn, thanking everyone in attendance, her fellow council members as well as Thomas S Russo Jr., Monica Mayback, CFO, Scott Alheiser, tax assessor, Jen Dodd, Human resources, Ken Teets and Dan Finkle from the office of emergency management along with many others.

“At our December meeting Mayor Helen graciously reviewed the 2019 projects and accomplished goals, therefore I will not repeat them. Instead I will state the 2020 goals, which the council developed for the town manager;”

  1. The exploration or new and better use of technology
  2. To organize, track and report to the council on social media and website analysis
  3. To explore the expansion of the website to include business videos, cross promotion marketing, real time activities, business directory, parking information and links to non-profits and resources for stigma free recognition
  4. The continuation of the work on development and redevelopment projects which include many in this town and are very important to its development
  5. Develop successful planning for both the police and DPW departments

“In addition to the goals set by the council, I know Tom has developed a list on his own, and I promised a short speech, so I am not going to mention his long list. Many of you know that I have been involved in this community since I first arrived here in 1978. I strongly encourage others to take part as well, as always, I maintain an open-door policy and will welcome your comments and suggestions. I strongly believe in listening to the public as it is the public that I serve. In conclusion, I wanted to thank all of you for taking part in this recognition and I wish all of you a very happy and healthful new year.”

The council continued on with their regular meeting, approving the consent agenda of 44 resolutions, as well as an additional resolution added on and approved separately.

Before the meeting ended a ceremony was held for the swearing in of the new Newton Police Department leadership which included, Chief Robert Osborn, Lt. Michael Monaco and Sgt. Michael Wolanski.