Political leaders come together in Riverside – News – Burlington County Times


RIVERSIDE — Leaders from both political parties came out to the township’s annual reorganization meeting Wednesday night.

Retiring Republican Sen. Diane Allen and Democrat Assemblyman Troy Singleton, who will replace her when sworn in later this month, joined together to swear in incumbent Lorraine Hatcher as the township’s mayor.

Given the history of working with Allen, R-7th of Edgewater Park, and Singleton, D-7th of Palmyra, the mayor said she wanted them both to participate. So Singleton held the Bible for Hatcher as she received the oath of office from Allen.

“I thought we should bring them both together, recognizing them both in their positions senator and incoming senator,” Hatcher said. “That’s what it’s all about, a small town and let’s all work together.”

During the ceremony, Jason Fry was appointed deputy mayor.

Two new members Corey Kimble and Michael Miller were sworn in to three-year terms on the Democratic-controlled Township Committee.

Earlier in the day, the lone Republican on the committee Robert Prisco submitted his resignation after accepting a position as a state workers’ compensation judge.

The local Republican committee will submit three names within 15 days for the governing body’s consideration to fill the vacancy.

Hatcher said there may have been a lot of changes in the makeup of the committee this year, but she looks forward to working with all the members.

“We have two brand new guys and the deputy mayor has only been on for a year, and now we will have a replacement coming in probably at the end of the month, so we’ve got a brand new committee,” Hatcher said. “I’m looking forward to a fresh start in town.”

The committee meets on the third Monday of the month at 7 p.m. at the municipal building on Scott Street with the exception of the Jan. 22 and Feb. 26 meetings.

All the professional appointments remained the same.

On Tuesday, several other municipalities held reorganization meetings.

Delanco

Fernand Ouellette was sworn in to a three-year term. Kate Fitzpatrick was appointed as mayor and John Browne was named deputy mayor. All professional appointments will remain the same. The committee meets on the first and third Monday of the month 7:30 p.m. at the municipal building on Coopertown Road.

Evesham

Deborah Hackman was sworn in as the deputy mayor. All the professional appointments remained the same. The Township Council meets on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. at the municipal building on Tuckerton Road but the schedule varies. For a complete list of the meeting schedule visit the municipality’s website at evesham-nj.org.

Medford

Charles Watson, Bradley Denn and Erik Rebstock were sworn in to four-year terms on the Township Council. Watson was appointed mayor and Denn was named deputy mayor. All professional appointments remained the same. The council meets on the first and third Tuesday of the month, unless otherwise noted, at 7 p.m. at the Public Safety Building on Union Street.

Southampton

James Young, Sr. was sworn in to a three-year term on the Township Committee. Young was appointed mayor and Bill Raftery was named deputy mayor. All professional appointments remained the same. The committee meets on the third Tuesday of the month at 8 p.m. at the municipal building on Retreat Road.

Tabernacle

Kimberly Brown was sworn in to a three-year term on the Township Committee. Joseph Barton was appointed mayor and Stephen Lee IV was named deputy mayor. All the professional appointments remained the same. The Committee meets on the second and fourth Mondays at 7:30 p.m. at the municipal building on Carranza Road, but the schedule varies. For a complete list of the meeting schedule visit townshipoftabernacle-nj.gov.

Westampton

Sandy Henley and Linda Hynes were sworn in to three-year terms on the Township Committee. John Wisniewski was appointed mayor and Hynes was named deputy mayor. The committee selected David L. Minchello, of Rainone, Coughlin, Minchello, as the township solicitor and Alaimo Group as the engineer. The committee meets on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at 7 p.m. at the municipal building on Rancocas Road and if needed workshop sessions at 5:30 p.m.

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