RED BANK, NJ: The council met on January 1st for their reorganization meeting to a packed house that included First Lady of New Jersey, Tammy Murphy.

First up was the swearing in of councilwoman Kathy Horgan and Erik Yngstrom who both retained their seats in the last election.  

Next were the fire officials; sworn in as Chief was F. Scott Calabrese, First Deputy Chief Robert J. Holiday and Second Deputy Chief, Nick Ferraro.

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Thirteen resolutions were passed.

Mayor Pat Menna brought forth a significant change in protocol based on what he was hearing from the residents and that, "Beginning in January, and at least once a month, an hour prior to the council meeting, I will have an open session where any questions, any issues can be brought up, and we'll pass it on to the appropriate department heads."

The mayor also said that public announcements will go out on Saturday mornings where councilperson will meet with the local folks in their neighborhoods to listen to their specific concerns.

The mayor touted the councils accomplishments which included:

  • Implementing the suggestions from the critical Management Enhancement Report
  • Securing over $1 million in state grants
  • Ensuring that the town is meeting their Mt. Laurel mandate for affordable housing

“I firmly believe the poor and the marginalized have the right to live close to and look at the river, just like the millionaires,” said Menna. 

To watch the video of the meeting, courtesy of Suzanne Viscomi, click HERE

To read the entire agenda, including the approved resolutions, click HERE.

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