UNION, NJ – Suzette Cavadas and Clifton People, Jr., recently re-elected to the Township Committee, were sworn into office at the Township’s New Year’s Day Reorganization meeting for their new three-year terms.

Cavadas, who is beginning her third term on the committee, was sworn in by Township attorney Daniel Antonelli.  She was joined by her family as she took the oath of office.  “I’m very humbled that the residents of Union have faith in me and re-elected me to serve another three years,” said Cavadas.  “I will continue to do what I believe is the right thing — to support our residents and continue to move Union forward.”

People, joined by his family, was sworn in by Judge Cassandra Corbett.  People served as Union’s first African-American Mayor in 2008.  “I’m proud to be able to continue the work we started,” said People.  “I see a vast improvement in the town, and I think our residents really appreciate the work that the Township Committee does.”

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Joining the Township Committee on the dais was United States Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr.  “I came to Union today because of the respect I have for the community, its government and the way they conduct their business,” said Payne.  “I’m delighted to be here.  It is my honor to serve Union in the United States House of Representatives.”  

Michele Delisfort was re-nominated to serve as mayor for a second year.  TAPinto Union will provide details of her New Year’s Day speech in a separate article Friday morning.

A very busy agenda was highlighted by the swearing in of Municipal Judge Jonathan H. Rosenbluth to a new three-year term.

Introduced to the residents of Union were the new Business Administrator Donald Travisano and new Assistant Business Administrator William Reyes, Jr.  Travisano replaces recently retired Ronald Manzella, who retired last week after a 16-year career as Union’s Business Administrator.  An interview with Business Administrator Travisano will be published by TAPinto Union in a future article.

In her speech Mayor Delisfort applauded township resident Elsie Conteh-Mackey on being named the new chairperson of the Americans with Disabilities Act Committee.

In another appointment, Daniel Antonelli was named Township Attorney for the twenty-second year.

Also attending the reorganization meeting were State Senator Joseph Cryan and Union County Clerk Joanne Rijoppi.