SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - The South Brunswick Township Council held its annual reorganizational meeting to appoint or reappoint members of the local government. Members of the council gave the oath of office to a few of those being appointed at the South Brunswick municipal center. Later that night, the Board of Education held their own reorganizational meeting, the winners of the election were sworn into office and the board picked a new Presidents and Vice President. Reorganizational meetings are required by New Jersey law for any municipality that has a traditional form of government within the first seven days of a new year.
Before they were sworn into their positions, members of the South Brunswick council were able to express their gratitude for those who served their community and shared their visions for 2020. Mayor Charles Carley said that he would like to focus on transportation, excellence in policing and education. He thanked the volunteers, professional staff and elected officials for their work to make South Brunswick excellent.
“Reorganization allows one to pause in order to reflect on what has transpired over the last year and to plan accordingly for the future,” Deputy Mayor Joe Camarota said. “More importantly, it is to give thanks and acknowledge all the extraordinary efforts from the outstanding volunteers who have provided their valuable time in service to South Brunswick. Their commitment and dedication to South Brunswick is remarkable and sincerely appreciated.”
One of the people in attendance to be sworn in was Olivia Forte-Gardner, who was appointed as a regular voting member on the environmental commission. Forte-Gardner expressed her gratitude to be part of this commission and looks forward to bringing her scientific background into the township
“I am very excited to work with members of the township, with their historical knowledge and insights about South Brunswick,” Mrs. Forte-Gardner said. “Being on the commission, I hope to hear new ideas and insights to determine what is best for this town.”
The Board of Education held their reorganizational meeting at the Crossroads North Middle School in an auditorium with some students and parents present. Newly elected board members Joe Scaletti and Raymond Kuehner, along with re-elected member Joyce Mehta, were sworn into office after reading their oath of office in unison.
The board then moved onto nominating and naming a new President and Vice President for the Board. Barry Nathanson, a long time member of the board, was unanimously voted to be the new board President after a filed motion from board member Stephen Parker. Another long time member Arthur Robinson was voted to be the Vice President with another unanimous vote.
“My kids always ask me why I still do this after 19 years. To use a sports term, I do it for the love of the game,” said newly elected president Barry Nathanson. “I do this because I love to do this, I love our staff, our teachers, our students and our entire sports staff. And we are going to continue the work that makes South Brunswick special.”