PISCATAWAY, NJ — The new Piscataway Community Center was the backdrop for Mayor Brian Wahler and council members, Kapil Shah, Chanelle McCullum and Gabrielle Cahill who were sworn-in to begin new 4-year terms in office on Friday.

Pandemic related limitations on the numbers of people who can gather indoors meant only immediate family members could witness them raise their right hands before New Jersey Superior Court Judge Phillip L. Paley to take their oaths of office.

Shah, who starts his second term as At-Large Councilman was also elected Council President at the 2021 Piscataway Reorganization Meeting held later on Friday via conference call. Ward 4 Councilwoman Michele Lombardi was elected Vice-President.

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“I look forward to the challenge and look forward to a better and safer 2021,” Shah said as he thanked the council for electing him president for the next year.

The reorganization meeting was also the first Piscataway Township Council Meeting of the new year.

Council members voted to approve Mayor Wahler’s appointments to the township’s many commissions and committees. These included the Civil Rights Advisory Commission, Green Initiatives Committee, Historic Preservation Advisory Commission, Municipal Alliance Substance Abuse Task Force, and Planning Board among others.

“We’re working with the county board of health and the state board of health about when we will have an inoculation site setup for vaccinations, hopefully in our community,” said Wahler in his update adding that residents will be notified when more information becomes available.

“We (also) ask our residents to be patient this coming year,” Wahler, who was recently inducted into the NJ League of Municipalities Mayors Hall of Fame at the Gold Level for 20 or more years as mayor continued.

“There’s going to be a lot of infrastructure improvements taking place around town for the betterment of our community including in the municipal parks,” he said.

“I’m strongly supporting a really good 2021,” said State Senator Bob Smith. “With the history of 2020, looking at the brighter side, the people of Piscataway Township have endorsed and supported a team of people they know are working hard for them. Mayor Wahler and our council people should take great pride in the level of support that they receive and use that as an incentive to work even harder in 2021.”

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