Springfield January 3 Organization Meeting – Women Now Hold Four of the Five Positions on the Township Committee

The New Mayor being sworn in by Senator Kean Credits: Ellen Dickson
New Committeewoman DuBois (left) and Committeeman Huber (right) with their election certificates from County Clerk Rajoppi (center) Credits: Ellen Dickson
New Committeewoman Huber getting sworn in by Freeholder Chair Bergen Credits: Ellen Dickson
Committeeman Huber swearing in with Freeholder Chair Bergen Credits: Ellen Dickson
New Deputy Mayor Vassallo (center) Credits: Ellen Dickson
Township Administrator Shehady and Mayor Stampoulos Credits: Ellen Dickson

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - In a standing room only crowd the meeting was called to order by the Township Clerk. The posting of the colors and Pledge of Allegiance was led by American Legion Post # 228.  After the that the Invocation was given by Father Joseph Barbone Pastor of Saint James the Apostle Catholic Church.

Springfield resident and County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi presented Certificates of Election to Township Committee Member Richard Huber being sworn in for his third term and Erica DuBois for her first. As she addressed the room Rajoppi said “When I stood here 39 years ago there was only one woman on the dais and it was me. This is wonderful. Congratulations!”  Four of the five Township Committee members are now women.

Union County Freeholder Chair Bruce Bergen administered the Oath of Office to both members. Richard Huber was called upon to make some comments.  He thanked his family and the residents of Springfield for their faith in him and stated, “Six years ago I was elected and I had a vision for the improvement of Springfield.  The beautification of Mountain Avenue is the start of revitalization of our downtown. I will work tirelessly to keep the projects going.”

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Erica DuBois thanked everyone and congratulated Rich, Diane and Maria on their roles. She went on to state, “It has been pointed out a few times tonight how many women are up here. I believe it is very important for women to get involved politically. We all have daughters and it is a good role model for them.  During the campaign, I made promises to bring volunteerism for youth to the forefront. I also want Springfield to have a stigma free designation on mental health and to bring mental health to the forefront at the local and state level”.

Every year Springfield Township chooses its Mayor by nomination and vote of the five committee members. Township Committee members Maria Vassallo and Geri Ann Bujnowski nominated and seconded Committeewoman Diane Stampoulos as Chair of the Township Committee for 2017. She was confirmed with a voice vote and sworn in by State Senator Tom Kean. As Mayor, Diane Stampoulos called for nominations for Vice-Chair of the Township Committee for the year 2017. Geri Ann Bujnowski’s nominated and Diane Stampoulos seconded Maria Vassallo as Vice-Chair.  She was approved by a voice vote.

The Mayor then thanked Tom Kean for administering the oath and thanked all in attendance. “I am honored to have been selected as the chair, and I am looking forward to serving the Township of Springfield as its new mayor. I am certain that I speak for my colleagues when I say that we are all eager to work hard on behalf of all residents and businesses in town to make our community a better place in which to live and work. For the record the view is completely beautiful up here.” This was a reference to the packed house.

At this point the Mayor announced the members of the working committees for the year 2017. Professional appointments were next on the docket. All appointments were made and approved unanimously.

New members to Township committees stood and took the oath of office.

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