New Monroe Twp. Mayor Fires Three Officials

Posted: January 06, 1999

Monroe Township's new Democratic mayor, after failing last night to install a new solicitor, business administrator, and director of buildings and grounds, fired the current officeholders.

After Mary Mazza Duffy's replacement plan was defeated, 4-3, she handed out pink slips to the current administrators.

Chuck Fiore, who was solicitor until last night, said Duffy also fired Nick Pileggi, the business administrator, and Carl Jernagen, director of buildings and grounds. Fiore said all three have 20 days to request an appeal hearing before the Township Council, which can overturn Duffy's decision with a two-thirds majority.

Duffy and her three running mates took their oaths of office Saturday and planned to replace the three officeholders. Last night, however, Duffy's partisans could not muster a fourth vote to fire the administrators.

Her selections for the posts were backed by Len Dramesi, David Cornell and Kathy Carino Simon. But the council's incumbents - fellow Democrats Tony Ayres, Rick Coe and Bob Schober and Republican John ``Winnie'' Sharp - blocked the replacements.

The opposition came as no surprise. A couple of veteran councilmen vowed in December to support Fiore and Pileggi.

Sharp, by a 4-3 vote, was elected council president. Schober, by the same 4-3 vote, was elected vice president.

In other municipal reorganizations:

Berlin Township. Councilmen Christopher T. Morris and Joseph L. Batten were sworn in for new terms at the township's reorganization meeting Monday night, Clerk Marguerite Kosick said. Both ran unopposed to remain on the all-Democratic council.

The township also hired a new solicitor, Donafaye Zoll of Weinberg, McCormick & Chatzinoff in Haddonfield. Zoll replaces David Patterson. Mayor David McPeak said that town officials simply decided to change solicitors and that their parting with Patterson was amicable.

There were no other changes in the professional appointments.

Eastampton. The three members of the five-member Township Council who were at Monday night's reorganization meeting picked Democrat Richard Renzulli, who served as deputy mayor in 1998, as mayor.

Renzulli replaces Democrat George Johnstone, who remains on the council. Donald Hartman, also a Democrat, was appointed deputy mayor.

No changes were made in professional appointments.

Democrats George Paneque and Kate Russomanno, who were not at the meeting, are scheduled to be sworn in this month, replacing Republicans Len Durst and Richard Astorino. Renzulli's, Johnstone's and Hartman's four-year council seats will be up for election in 2000.

Haddon Heights. Newcomers Michael Hardy and Deborah Ribeiro were sworn in last night to council terms. Hardy, a Democrat, and Ribeiro, a Republican, were joined by Republican Susan Griffith, who in late November replaced Republican David Hughes, who moved from town. Democrats control the local governing body 4-3, with Democratic Mayor Barbara Cortese allowed to break tie votes.

No changes were made in the professional appointments.

The addition of Ribeiro brings the number of women on the council to four. It is the first time that women have outnumbered men on Haddon Heights' governing body.

Lumberton. The five-member council selected Councilman Phillip D. Prickett as mayor at the Monday reorganization meeting. Dewitt K. Pennypacker, who was mayor last year, was selected deputy mayor.

Oaklyn. New Councilwoman Carol Cobb was sworn in by State Sen. John Adler on Monday night. She replaced Tad Dynakowski, who retired after 12 years on the council.

Jim Rafferty was selected council president for the coming year, replacing Andy Petruncio. Linda Hibbs and Mike Enos, two other members of the all-Democratic council, are up for reelection in November.

Lt. Chris Ferrari was sworn in as police chief effective Feb. 1, replacing Ron Frumento. Sgt. John Shelly was promoted to lieutenant.

Willingboro. Lavonne Johnson was sworn in as mayor, succeeding Doreatha Campbell, who died of cancer in November.

Councilman Jeffrey Ramsey was selected deputy mayor. All council members are Democrats.

No changes were made in professional appointments at the reorganization meeting, which took place Saturday.

Woodbury. The Nov. 3 elections placed two new Democrats on the City Council, reducing Republican control of the nine-member governing body to 5-4.

Sworn in were Harold Spence Jr., who defeated Republican Bruce Grimming, and C. Barry Sloane, replacing Republican George Plum. Also, incumbent Mayor Donald Sanderson and Councilman Robert Grebb, both Republicans, were sworn in for new terms.

In the only change in professional appointments, Michael Walsh became the head of public works.

Woolwich. Republican Donald String was sworn in on the Township Committee by Assembly Speaker Jack Collins on Monday. He replaces John Gattuso, an Independent who decided not to run for reelection.

Mayor Sam Maccarone and Deputy Mayor Sam Casella, both Republicans, were reappointed by the committee for one year. Committee members Joseph Garozzo, a Democrat, and Joseph Rizzi, a Republican, were also present.

Kaye Faltot, who had been the township clerk as well as chief financial officer and administrator, resigned as clerk. Deputy Clerk Jane DiBella, who had been performing all of the duties of clerk since Faltot became administrator in June, was appointed to the position. The committee appointed a new prosecutor, Robert Becker Jr., replacing George Rosenberger, who resigned.

Wrightstown. Republican Costic M. Borsavage was sworn in for his third three-year term on the council last night.

Republican Henry R. Spann was sworn in for his first term, replacing Republican Geraldine Severns, who did not run for reelection. Presiding over the meeting was Mayor Jozsef Farago, who is up for reelection in 2000. Republican Thomas E. Harper was selected by the six-member council to return as president. Remaining council members are Republican Brian Sperling and Democrats Laurance Lownds and Sally Bowan-Jones.

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