CEDAR GROVE, NJ - Cedar Grove swore in a new mayor and deputy mayor at its annual reorganization on Monday.  

Joseph Cicala was unanimously elected mayor by the council and Robbie Vargo was named Deputy Mayor.  

“We couldn’t have gotten a better person to serve on this council and we couldn’t have gotten a better mayor.  He dedicates his time to his community and we are really fortunate to have him,” said outgoing Mayor Peter Tanella.  “I’m glad he’s here and I know the residents are too because on two separate occasions they overwhelmingly voted for him to be on this council.”

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Cicala joined the council in July 2016 when he was appointed to fill the unexpired term of Joseph Chiusolo.  He then ran and won for that same seat in November 2016. He ran again in May 2017 and was elected to his own three-year term in May and named Deputy Mayor last July.  Before joining the council, he served six years on the Cedar Grove Board of Education. He was sworn in my Judge John Zunic.

“It is an honor and a privilege to serve as mayor of Cedar Grove,” Cicala said.  “I thank my colleagues on the council for their support in unanimously electing me mayor.  It is a great responsibility that I pledge to work hard at and to take very seriously.”

“A very special thank you to our outgoing mayor, Peter Tanella for his service and dedication to the residents of CG,” Cicala added.  “Pete has done so much for Cedar Grove and as his deputy mayor I have learned a great deal from his leadership and from his guidance and I will preside over the governing body using the example that he has set.”

Vargo was elected to his first term on the council in May 2017 and chose Counciwoman Kerry Peterson to swear him in as Deputy Mayor.  He also thanked the council for their support and particularly praising Tanella for his leadership and guidance and thanking Peterson, his running mate in May 2017, for her friendship and support. Both Cicala and Vargo commented on the challenges of the past year, while noting the ongoing commitment of the council to do what’s best for the residents of Cedar Grove.  

“Last year we began a very exciting time here in Cedar Grove with a new governing body that included Councilwoman Peterson, Councilman Vargo and myself being sworn in for full terms and the year lived up to its expectation,” Cicala said.  “There were plenty of new ideas, an influx of enthusiasm and a council that was not afraid to roll up our sleeves and work hard for the residents. Expect this trend to continue as I can say that all of my colleagues on the town council are tireless workers and each of them has only the best interest of Cedar Grove in mind.”   

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