UNION, NJ – The annual Township of Union Reorganization meeting was held on Friday in town hall. After the presentation of colors by the Junior R.O.T.C. from Union High School, the singing of the National Anthem, and the invocation by Reverend Samuel M. Wright, Jr., the swearing in commenced.
Surrounded by his family, Committeeman and Mayor Manuel Figueiredo was sworn in by the Honorable Alberto Rivas. Next, surrounded by her family, new Committeewoman Michele Delisfort took the oath of office from the Honorable Sybil Elias.
Mayor Figueiredo addressed the standing room only crowd with his remarks. After acknowledgements, he reviewed what the Township had accomplished in 2015 – from infrastructure improvements to redevelopment, the economy and public safety. Figueiredo discussed the milestones for the Mayors Council Rahway River Watershed Flood Control project and in public transportation, with Union’s ‘one seat ride’ to New York City during off-peak hours. He outlined the $3.8m in road and infrastructure projects, making improvements on close to 50 township roads. The Mayor reviewed economic development and job creation, with the relocation of American Cargo, the opening of D’Artagnan, and new businesses opening in Five Points and Union Center. He reviewed two ongoing projects: Bridge Point Port West, a state of the art, 263,000 sq. ft. commercial warehouse, and Avalon Bay, a luxury residential housing complex with 202 units.
Figueiredo then outlined new projects, saying, “this year, working with my colleagues, I hope to embody change with a host of new projects that will continue us on the trajectory of responsible, positive and progressive movement, building on the momentum of years past.”
Speaking of connecting with Union’s residents, Figueiredo said, “it has been said that when we interact with people, more often and more meaningfully, we can promote innovation, democracy, inclusiveness and unity.” He continued that he is proud of the strides the Township has taken to improve the communication link to it’s residents, including being active on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, improvement to the Township’s website, and the introduction of a new mobile app that will be available in the early Spring.