Chrisner-Keefe, McCue sworn in as officials in Fair Haven

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FAIR HAVEN – Democrats Meghan Chrisner-Keefe and Michael McCue have assumed their positions in Fair Haven’s government.

Chrisner-Keefe and McCue join Republicans Susan A. Sorensen, James Banahan, Elizabeth Koch and Democrat Christopher Rodriguez on the Borough Council.

Chrisner-Keefe and McCue were elected to their first three-year terms on the council in the Nov. 5 election. They succeed former council members Jonathan Peters and Jacqueline Rice.

During Fair Haven’s annual reorganization meeting on Jan. 6, Chrisner-Keef took the oath of office and began serving her first term on the governing body. State Sen. Vin Gopal (D-Monmouth) administered the oath of office to Chrisner-Keefe, who was accompanied by her husband and four children.

Gopal then administered the oath of office to McCue, who was accompanied by his wife and two children.

Following the oaths, Rodriguez nominated Sorenson to serve as council president in 2020. Koch seconded the motion and the council members unanimously voted “yes” to elect Sorenson to the position.

In other business, Mayor Benjamin Lucarelli formally commended the Dermer family for leading a town-wide food drive during which 24,633 pounds of food were collected. The goal of the food drive was 10,000 pounds, he said.

Daniel and Alyse Dermer, a husband and wife from Fair Haven, previously spearheaded “Dermer Dreams,” a nonprofit organization focused on fighting hunger.

In November, yellow “Dermer Dreams” bags were distributed to all 2,200 homes in Fair Haven. Each bag included a list of requested food items. The food that was collected will be donated to Lunch Break, a food pantry in Red Bank.