WARREN, NJ - A standing-room only crowd, including state representatives Tom Kean Jr., Jon Bramnick and Nancy Munoz, former Governor Donald DiFrancesco, former mayors Susie Boyce and Bill Apgar and others, saw this year's Warren Township Committee sworn in on Wednesday night.
Rev. Brent Haggerty of Stonecrest Community Church delivered the invocation.
Warren Boy Scout Troop 228 performed the flag ceremony.
Gary DiNardo and Mick Marion were chosen as Mayor and Deputy Mayor for 2014. Carolann Garafola was sworn in to a seventh term on the Township Committee.
Under Warren Township's form of government, members of the Township Committee vote to select a township mayor and deputy mayor each year.
Township Committeeman Mick Marion, elected two years ago to his first term on the committee and representing a "new generation of leadership," is now in line for mayor in 2015.
DiNardo thanked the many volunteers, including the OEM, police, fire and rescue workers, and municipal employees and added that even after Superstorm Sandy, the township was awarded recognition by New Jersey Monthly in 2013 as the best place to live in Central New Jersey, and the second best place to live in the state.
DiNardo joked that Warren only missed out on being named No. 1 because top-ranked Mendham is the home of present Gov. Chris Christie. But former Governor Donald DiFrancesco lives in Warren.
Marion also thanked the many volunteers. He said that the Warren Township leadership has been impressive and that he has "big shoes to fill," as part of the new generation of leadership.
Garafola recognized DiFrancesco, who thanked all of Warren's elected officials for their service.
Garafola said," Im very proud to be part of this team. It's about the people in this town. Thank you for your confidence and support."
Last year's mayor, Vic Sordillo, said that he was on "pins and needles" when he was appointed mayor in 2013 after 2011 and 2012 storms damaged trees and caused power outages. This year he said turned out to be quieter, and even saw Warren Township named as the best place to live in Central Jersey.
Sordillo also said that he reads the Warren Community Forum on Facebook and sees residents helping each other, even finding lost dogs and proving that it is the people that make Warren Township a great place to live.
Before the close of the meeting, Warren Township Police Officers Lieutenant Paul Dziedzic and Sergeant Ronald Roselli took the Oath of Allegiance.
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