PISCATAWAY, NJ — Piscataway officials ushered in the start of the new year with appointments to the township’s many commissions and committees and the election of a new council president for 2020.

At Friday’s reorganization meeting, Councilwoman-at-Large Gabrielle Cahill was elected council president for 2020. Councilman-at-Large Kapil Shah will serve as vice president.

This is the second time Cahill has served in the president’s seat, first doing so in 2016. She served as vice president in 2019 under Councilman Frank Uhrin.

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Cahill listed a few highlights residents can expect this year in the township.

“The town is looking forward to the opening of the community center which should happen sometime this Spring, earlier than originally scheduled,” she said, adding how officials will also be moving forward with plans to build an ecological park at the former Halper Farm property.

“There will also be a lot of road projects this year,” Cahill continued, “and a lot of sidewalks. We want to make this a walkable town.”

Mayor Brian Wahler later led the Oath of Office for the community members and council members he appointed to be parts of, or to lead the various commissions and committees that are necessary to help operate the township. 

These included those named to the Civil Rights Advisory Commission, Historic Preservation Advisory Commission, Municipal Alliance Substance Abuse Task Force and the presiding Municipal Court Judge.

Also, the Deputy Municipal Clerk and Deputy Registrars, and appointments to the Board of Ethics, Cultural Arts Advisory Commission, Health Advisory Commission, Housing and Community Development Advisory Committee, Public Relations Commission, and the Zoning Board of Adjustment among others.

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