Republican Ellen Brain Appointed First Woman Mayor of Somerville by Council Democrats

January 16, 2018


SOMERVILLE, NJ – Ellen Brain, a former AT&T executive who has served on the borough’s Zoning Board of Adjustment and is an adjunct professor at Raritan Valley Community College, is the new Republican mayor of Somerville and the first woman to serve as mayor since the borough was incorporated in 1909.

“I’m delighted and I’m honored,” she said ...

State Lawmakers Meet with Business Leaders in Somerville



SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerset County Employers Legislative Committee begins the new year with a luncheon presentation on the legislative priorities of the 16th District representatives on Friday, Jan. 26 at Verve Restaurant, Bar & Bistro, 18 E. Main St., from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Guest speakers will be state Sen. Christopher "Kip" Bateman, R-Somerset, Middlesex, ...

Depleted by Resignations, Downtown Somerville Alliance Undergoes Transition

SOMERVILLE, NJ – The Downtown Somerville Alliance is undergoing a massive facelift, with the Borough Council rebuilding an executive board decimated by the resignations of key members, three of whom stepped down within a 24-hour period last week.

Gone are former chairman Tom Genova, who presided over the DSA board for 13 years; former vice-chair Pat Mannion, who had served on the DSA ...

Somerville Democrats Set to Interview, Select New Republican Mayor

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Borough Council president Granville Brady’s short reign as acting mayor will come to an end Tuesday night when he and his fellow Democrats select an appointed Republican mayor to fill out the unexpired term of former Mayor Brian Gallagher.

The Jan. 16 meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the Borough Council meeting room at Borough Police headquarters, 24 South Bridge ...

Somerville: Democratic Assemblymen Zwicker and Freiman Take Office

TRENTON, NJ - Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker, D-16th, and Assemlyman Roy Freiman D-16th were sworn in to represent residents of Hillsborough and several other central New Jersey communities during ceremonies at the Statehouse Tuesday.

Zwicker, an incumbent, and Freiman, a newcomer to politics, defeated Republicans Donna Simon, a former member of the Assembly who also lost by a narrow margin to ...

Genova Resigns as Chairman of Downtown Somerville Alliance

SOMERVILLE, NJ -  Tom Genova, who as chairman of the Downtown Somerville Alliance since 2004 was instrumental in the upgrade and renaissance of the Main Street shopping district and Division Street pedestrian mall, has resigned.

Genova grew up and went to school in Somerville. A commercial and residential developer and Main Street property owner, he is a close friend and ally of former ...

Somerville Democrats Select RanD Pitts to Fill Unexpired Council Term

SOMERVILLE, NJ - RanD Pitts, longtime Main Street merchant and member of the Downtown Somerville Alliance, was selected to fill an unexpired term on the Borough Council at a special meeting Monday night.

The five Democratic members of the Borough Council voted unanimously to appoint Pitts, a Democrat, who won out over two other Democratic candidates, Roberta Karpinecz and Gina Stravic.

He ...

Somerville Lawmakers Poised to Fill Council Vacancy, Interview Candidates for Mayor

SOMERVILLE, NJ – The departure of former Mayor Brian Gallagher and former Borough Council president Steve Peter for county-level office means the time for change is here.

The five Democratic members of the Borough Council are poised to select a new Democratic council member and appoint a Republican mayor within the next 10 days.

The vacancies occurred when Peter, a Democrat, ...

Former Somerville Mayor Takes Oath as County Freeholder; Governor-Elect Swears In Peter as County Clerk

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Brian Gallagher, former mayor of Somerville, was sworn to a three-year term as a Somerset County Freeholder during the board’s annual Reorganization meeting Friday at the historic Somerset County Courthouse.

Democrat Steve Peter, former Somerville Borough Council president, was sworn in to a five-year term as Somerset County Clerk by fellow Democrat and ...

NJ Governor-Elect Phil Murphy Visits Somerville for Jan. 5 Somerset County Freeholders Reorganization

SOMERVILLE, NJ - New Jersey Governor-elect Phil Murphy will attend the Jan. 5 Somerset County Freeholders reorganization meeting for the ceremonial swearing-in of Somerset County Clerk Steve Peter.

The meeting begins at 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 5 in the historic Somerset County Courthouse, 35 East Main St.

Peter, a borough resident and former president of the Somerville Borough Council, was ...

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