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Buckley elected council president in Tinton Falls for 2021

TINTON FALLS – Tracy Buckley has been elected by her fellow members of the governing body to serve as president of the Borough Council in Tinton Falls for a second consecutive year.

The borough’s annual reorganization meeting on Jan. 3 was held in a virtual manner due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. No council seats were on the ballot in the November municipal election.

Buckley is joined on the council by Risa Clay, Michael Nesci, John Manginelli and Brock Siebert.

As the first order of business, Buckley was elected to serve as council president during 2021. She joined the governing body in 2020 and was elected to serve as council president in her first year on the dais.

Clay was elected to serve as deputy council president for 2021. She, too, joined the council in 2020 and was elected to serve as deputy council president in her first year on the dais.

The municipal government in Tinton Falls is nonpartisan. Individuals who seek the offices of mayor and Borough Council member do not run under the banner of a political party.

The current terms of Manginelli and Siebert will end on Dec. 31.

Mayor Vito Perillo heads the administration, but is not a voting member of the Borough Council. The mayor’s current term will end on Dec. 31.

The terms currently held by Buckley, Clay and Nesci will run through Dec. 31, 2023.

In other business, council members appointed Nesci as the council’s representative on the Planning Board. The appointment is for 2021.

Council members appointed John Slazyk and Steven Porzio to four-year terms as regular members of the Zoning Board of Adjustment (expiring Dec. 31, 2024), William Kuzmin to fill an unexpired term as an alternate member of the zoning board (through Dec. 31, 2021), and Emily DeMaio to a two-year term as an alternate member of the zoning board (through Dec. 31, 2022).

And, council members appointed Clay as the liaison to the Tinton Falls K-8 School District Board of Education, Buckley as the liaison to the Environmental Commission, Siebert as the liaison to the Tinton Falls Library, and Manginelli as the liaison to the Historic Commission and zoning board.

Thomas Fallon is Tinton Falls’ interim borough administrator. The borough administrator, who is appointed by the mayor, runs the borough on a day-to-day basis and reports to the mayor and may also act on his behalf. The administrator is also responsible for the hiring and removal of employees, and negotiating all labor contracts, according to the municipal website.

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