FAIRFIELD, NJ — In addition to electing Thomas Morgan as council president for 2019, the Fairfield township council also approved of appointments for various other positions during the 2019 reorganization meeting. The event was led by outgoing council president John LaForgia, with an invocation by Father Juan Pablo of Fairfield’s St. Thomas More Parish.

During the meeting, Municipal Clerk Denise Cafone announced that she received certification from the Essex County Board of Canvassers attesting to the re-election of James Gasparini as mayor for a three-year term. After Hon. Frank Pomaco administered the oath of office to Gasparini, the mayor delivered his annual address, which can be found HERE.

Council liaison appointments for 2019 were adopted as follows:

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Mayor James Gasparini: police department and library board;

Council President Thomas Morgan: municipal alliance committee and pool commission;

Councilman John LaForgia: recreation department and planning board;

Councilman Michael McGlynn: fire department and department of public works; and

Councilman Joseph Cifelli: environmental commission, finance department and office of emergency management.

In addition, Hon. Pomaco was appointed magistrate for a three-year term, Vincent Failla, Esq. was appointed as township prosecutor for 2019, and Robert Warmington, Esq. was appointed as public defender for 2019.

Erica Santalla was appointed as school superintendent’s representative to the library board for 2019, and Darlene Gesell was appointed as a member of the library board for 2019.

Joseph Catenaro was appointed as township administrator for a three-year term, Anthony Manna was appointed as police chief for a three-year term, and Robert Payne was appointed as director of public works for 2019.

William Smith was appointed as fire official for 2019 and Joseph Przybylinski as deputy fire official for 2019.

Steven Bury was re-appointed as township engineer for a three-year term.

The mayor made appointments to the planning board as follows: James Gasparini (Class I mayoral representative for one year term); Joseph Catenaro (Class II township official member for one year); Paul Cafone (Class IV member for a four year term); and Peter Campisi (alternate No. 2 for a two-year term). In addition, LaForgia was nominated as a Class III governing body official for a one-year term.

The mayor also appointed Teddy Capalbo to the environmental commission for a three-year term.

To the recreation commission, Gasparini appointed Michael Lattimer and Pat Freda for three-year terms; Melissa Agostini for a three-year term; and Jon Del Russo to fill the unexpired term of Anthony Pezzuti. The mayor and council thanked Barbara Fritz for her 10 years of service to the recreation commission upon her resignation.

Anthony Lipari, Gerard Onorata and Richard Trovato were appointed for four-year terms to the board of adjustment. Lenny Iannia was appointed as alternate No. 2 for a two-year term and David Dutcher as alternate No. 3 for a two-year term for the board of adjustment.

Michael Motyka and Paul Scollo were appointed as representatives to Camp Wyanokee for 2019.

Appointments to the municipal alliance committee for two-year terms are: Christine Lattimer, Danyel Dutcher, Pat Freda as board of education representative, Amar Coubati, Laura Barra as teacher representative, Anita Stabile and Linda Fishman.

Following the mayor’s address, Gasparini recognized long-time Fairfield resident Louis Contaldi for his 37 years of service on the Fairfield planning board. See coverage of this presentation HERE.