By Peter Elacqua
MARLBORO – Councilwoman Carol Mazzola has been elected by her fellow members on the Township Council to serve as council president for 2016.
During the township’s reorganization meeting on Jan. 7, Robert Salman swore in Jonathan Hornik for his third four-year term as mayor.
Municipal Court Judge Frank LaRocca, a former member of the Marlboro Township Council, swore in Councilwoman Randi Marder and Councilman Michael Scalea to begin serving three-year terms.
Marder is beginning her third term on the council and Scalea is beginning his first full term. Scalea was appointed to the council in January 2015 when LaRocca stepped down from the council to become the municipal court judge in Keyport.
Mazzola, Marder and Scalea are joined on the council by Jeff Cantor and Scott Metzger.
Hornik swore in deputy mayors Terry Lau and Larry Rosen with the assistance of Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop.
Hornik said Marlboro’s affordable housing issues will be dealt with in 2016.
“We fought hard and we litigated when we had to. We are now in a good position to solve our (affordable housing) problems without giving up our quality of life. The number (of affordable housing units) we were given in 2008 were astronomical. The numbers we are talking about now are a fraction of that. The (affordable housing) problem will be solved this year. It will be mandated by the courts and our efforts,” the mayor said.
Hornik said his administration and municipal officials will be working on plans for an indoor sports facility, revisiting security concerns, continuing to invest in the infrastructure of the township in areas such as roads, sidewalks and open space, and working to attract clean quality ratables.