MARLBORO – Councilman Jeff Cantor will serve as president of the Marlboro Township Council during 2021. He was elected to the position by his fellow council members when the governing body held its reorganization meeting on Jan. 7.
Councilman Scott Metzger was elected to serve as vice president. Cantor and Metzger are joined on the governing body by Randi Marder, Carol Mazzola and Michael Scalea. Democrats have a 5-0 majority on the council.
There was no municipal election in Marlboro in 2020.
In remarks to the community, Cantor acknowledged the coronavirus pandemic that overtook New Jersey and the nation and said, “I want to thank Carol Mazzola for the job she did as council president in 2020. It was a tumultuous year, a crazy year, and she showed true professionalism and poise through the whole thing.
“I have big shoes to fill, but you (Mazzola) did a great job. This is my fifth term as council president. I appreciate all of my fellow council members for allowing me to serve again as council president,” he said.
In his comments to residents, Mayor Jonathan Hornik said, “2020 was a very difficult year. (We) asked our employees, staff and professionals to perform their services for our residents during a time when it was not easy to do.
“Thank you to everybody for working with us as an administration (and) for helping us run (the township) during this difficult time. I want to compliment our Business Administrator Jonathan Capp, (mayor’s aide) Lynn Franco, Police Chief Peter Pezzullo, all of our employees, and our volunteers such as our fire departments and first aid squads.
“I can’t say enough about our first aid squads answering call after call during this crisis. We have really come together as a town and I’m proud of everybody, including the people on this council and in this town,” the mayor said.
During the reorganization meeting, Mazzola was appointed to the Planning Board. Michael Shapiro and Alon Solon were reappointed to the Zoning Board of Adjustment. Ira Levin was reappointed as an alternate member of the zoning board for a two-year term.
Elmer Geran was reappointed to the Agriculture Advisory Committee for a two-year term and Heidi Rajan was named chairwoman of the Agriculture Advisory Committee for 2021. Council members designated Connie Mo as chair of the Youth Exchange Advisory Committee for 2021.
Municipal officials reappointed Michael Dupont and Raymond Raya as public defenders; Pasquale Menna as municipal prosecutor; Louis Rainone as township attorney; CME Associates as township engineer and township planner; the law firm of DeCotiis, FitzPatrick, Cole and Giblin to serve as co-counsel on matters involving affordable housing lawsuits; and the law firm of Goldzweig, Green, Eiger and Biedzynski to serve as special counsel for affordable housing.