Appointments Made, New Members Welcomed at Westfield's First Town Council Meeting of 2018

JoAnn Neylan, Mike Dardia, Frank Arena, Linda Habgood, Shelley Brindle, Mark LoGrippo, Dawn Mackey, David Contract and Doug Stokes at their first council meeting of 2018. Credits: Jackie Lieberman

WESTFIELD, NJ — Appointments to Westfield’s boards and commissions were made and announced Tuesday night during the town council’s first meeting of the year. Jim Gildea was re-appointed town administrator, Kris McAloon town engineer and Scott Olsen tax collector.

And, for the first time, TAPinto Westfield was named the town’s electronic news source.

In the two weeks after opening the town’s volunteer application process, they received 446 applications to serve on existing boards and commissions, according to Mayor Shelley Brindle.

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“All of the new appointees participated in that process, and I think it has resulted in even more experienced and diverse boards that reflect our community,” Brindle said.

Rabbi Douglas Sagal of Temple Emanu-El gave the invocation and benediction.

“I want to say about Mayor Skibitsky that we’ll always remember that no group of people can achieve great things without standing of the shoulders that came before them,” Sagal said at the beginning of the meeting. “I believe we are a kinder, more compassionate town because of Andy. And I know that when the history of this town is written, his time as mayor will be one of the great moments.”

To Mayor Brindle and members of the council, he said, “Such a divided time in our world, how to unite people still divided by political opinion, by creed, by economic status and, yes, by race: That may be one of your greatest challenges in the coming year. Like the Israelites of old, you’ll have to unite based on common responsibilities, common goals and shared vision. But everything that all of us here know about all of you who are on this platform — whether you are a Democrat or whether you are a Republican — everything we know about you makes us feel that you can do this. You can achieve this. We have trust and faith in you. I know it’s a tall order, but you are the right people at the right time to lead us into the Promised Land.”

In her address, which she repeated from Monday’s swearing-in ceremony, Brindle added that she received letter in her desk that morning from Mayor Skibitsky.

Before the meeting ended, Councilwoman JoAnn Neylan welcomed the new Democratic mayor and council members.

“I’d just like to say, on behalf of the ‘other side’ of the aisle, we welcome you,” Neylan, a Republican, said. “We are excited and anxious to work with you and all of the new council people and you’ve all been so gracious to us, as well. I hope everyone knows how willing we are to participate in what we hope will be a blessed and happy and prosperous new year.”

Appointees are:

Acting Mayor  – Linda Habgood
Alternate Acting Mayor  – Dawn Mackey

Planning Board Liaison
Linda Habgood, Class III - December 31, 2017 

Board of Adjustment
Eldy Pavon - December 31, 2021
Carla Bonacci - December 31, 2021 
Frank Fusaro (to fill unexpired term) - December 31, 2020 

Special Improvement District Board            
Resident Member - Jim Donofrio - December 31, 2020
Property Owner - Gary Goodman - December 31, 2020
Merchant - Miriam Verga (to fill unexpired term) - December 31, 2018
Merchant - Patricia Hanigan - (to fill unexpired term) - December 31, 2019
Council Designee - Dawn Mackey - December 31, 2018
Mayor Designee  - Shelley Brindle - December 31, 2018
Ex Officio - James H.  Gildea - December 31, 2018

Employee Appointments: 

James H. Gildea as Town Administrator - December 31, 2020
Kris McAloon as Town Engineer - December 31, 2020
Scott Olsen as Tax Collector - December 31, 2021

The Westfield Leader and The Star Ledger designated as official newspapers, and TAPinto Westfield as electronic news source - December 31, 2018

Board Appointments: 

Board of Health
Elizabeth Talmont - December 31, 2021
Andrea Marcus, Alt #1 - December 31, 2019
Council Liaison - JoAnn Neylan - December 31, 2018

Recreation Commission
Gary Fox, Chair - December 31, 2018
Brad Rothenberg - December 31, 2020
Ruth Maloney - December 31, 2020
Monica Bergin - December 31, 2020
Council Liaison - Michael Dardia - December 31, 2018

Historic Preservation Commission
Robert Wendell, Class A (to fill unexpired term) - December 31, 2018
Neal Acito, Class B (to fill unexpired term) - December 31, 2019 
Maria Boyes, Class C (to fill unexpired term) - December 31, 2018
Jennifer Jaruzelski, Class C (to fill unexpired term) - December 31, 2018
Council Liaison - Doug Stokes               

Board of Architectural Review
Greg Blasi - December 31, 2020 
Kenneth Anness - December 31, 2020
Alexandra Carreras (to fill unexpired term) - December 31, 2019

Tree Preservation Commission
Marc Nissim - December 31, 2020
Council Liaison - Mark LoGrippo - December 31, 2018

Memorial Library Board
Michelle Habayeb (to fill unexpired term) - December 31, 2019
Rosalie Serapiglia - December 31, 2022
Rupa Motwani - December 31, 2022
Council Liaison - Linda Habgood - December 31, 2018

Mayoral Appointments:

Planning Board 
Michael LaPlace - December 31, 2021
Anastasia Harrison - December 31, 2021
Ann Freedman, Alt #2 - December 31, 2019                             
Mayor’s Designee - Shelley Brindle - December 31, 2018
Kris McAloon, Class II - December 31, 2018

Insurance Advisory Board
Erika Critchley - December 31, 2020

Community Development Revenue Sharing Committee
William Cariste - December 31, 2018
Josephine Ferrigno-Stack - December 31, 2018

Solid Waste Advisory Board  
Jeff Bryk - December 31, 2018

Union County Transportation Advisory Board
David Judd - December 31, 2018
Marv Gersten, Alternate - December 31, 2018

Air Traffic Advisory Board
Jerome Feder - December 31, 2019
Gregory Baschkoff - December 31, 2019

Chamber of Commerce Liaison - Councilman Frank Arena
Union County League of Municipalities - Mayor Shelley Brindle
Board of Education Liaison - Councilman David Contract
2nd Senior Citizens Housing Corporation Liaison- Councilwoman JoAnn Neylan
Municipal Alliance - Councilwoman Dawn Mackey

Council Committees:

Finance Policy Committee

Linda Habgood, Chairwoman
JoAnn Neylan, Vice-Chairman
David Contract 
Doug Stokes

Public Safety, Transportation & Parking Committee
Michael Dardia, Chairman
Frank Arena, Vice-Chairman
Mark LoGrippo
Dawn Mackey

Code Review & Town Property Committee
Dawn Mackey, Chairman
Mark LoGrippo, Vice-Chairman
Linda Habgood
JoAnn Neylan

Public Works Committee
David Contract, Chairman
Doug Stokes, Vice-Chairman
Frank Arena
Michael Dardia

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