The Town Council's organization meeting started off the new year with familiar faces on the dias.
The meeting, which began at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 2, saw Council members Frank Arena (First Ward), JoAnn Neylan (Second Ward), James Foerst (Fourth Ward) and Mark LoGrippo (Third Ward) take their oaths of office.
LoGrippo, who was appointed to a six-month term in July when Mark Ciarrocca became a judge, was elected for the first time in November, while the other Council members were re-elected.
In his State of the Town Address, Mayor Andy Skibitsky said he wanted to assure citizens that he will "stay the course" of fiscal restraint and sustainability. Saying he knows many seniors, as well as those who are unemployed and underemployed living in town, he will "continue to improve efficiencies to live within our means."
Mayor Skibitsky appointed JoAnn Neylan as Acting Mayor, with James Foerst as Alternate Acting Mayor.
Planning Board Liaison: James Foerst Board of Adjustment: Robert Burselm, Chris Masciale, Robert Whitehead Alt.#2
Special Improvement District Board: Dominick Verdic, Robert Centrella
Council Designee: Sam Della Fera
Mayor Designee: Shawn Hanna
Ex Officio: James Gildea
Mayor Proposes Employee Appointments:
Municipal Prosecuter: Anthony Prieto
Public Defender: Gavin Handwerker
Town Administrator: James Gildea
Municipal Judge: Brenda Coppola Cuba
Official Newspapers: The Westfield Leader, The Star Ledger
Mayor Proposes Board Appointments:
Board of Health: Thomas K. O'Neill, David Weinman, DDS, Ronen Gold, DMD Alt. #1, Gavin Handwerker, Alt. #2,
Council Liaison: Sam Della Fera
Recreation Commission: James Marvin-Chair, William Kelly, Mike Cash, Tom Ripperger
Council Liaison: Frank Arena
Historic Preservation Commission: Jennifer Czarnecki, Joseph Biren, David Hagen, Kevin Neylan, Alt. #1, Michael Fischer, Alt.#2,
Council Liaison: Vicki Kimmins
Board of Architectural Review: David Hagen
Tree Preservation Commission: Shari Cohen
Council Liaison: David Haas
Memorial Library Board: James J. Capone Jr.
Council Liaison: Mark LoGrippo
Communications Advisory Board: Todd Felter, Ed Savickas, Lilian Louie
Westfield Housing Commission: David Oliviera, ex-officio, Joseph Farella, ex-officio, Katherine Clifford, Ronald Bansky
Mayor Announces Mayoral Appointments:
Planning Board: Frank Smith,
Mayor's Designee: Robert Centrella
Kris McAloon, Class II
Community Dev. Revenue Sharing Committee: David Oliviera, Kris McAloon
Insurance Advisory Board: Oliver Kirna
Solid Waste Advisory Board: Vincent Spera
UC Transportation Advisory Board: John Morgan, Delegate, George Lanzano, Alternate
Air Traffic Advisory Board: Jerome Feder, Rosemary Millet
Chamber of Commerce Liaison: Councilwoman JoAnn Neylan
Union County League of Municipalities: Mayor Andrew Skibitsky
Board of Education Liaison: Councilman Sam Della Fera
2nd Senior Citizens Housing Corporation Liaison: Mayor Andrew Skibitsky
Municipal Allicance/PANDA Liaison: Councilwoman JoAnn Neylan
Finance Policy Committee: Sam Della Fera, Chairman, Mark LoGrippo, Vice-Chairman, JoAnn Neylan, David Haas
Public Safety, Transportation and Parking Committee: JoAnn Neylan, Chairman, Keith Loughlin, Vice-Chairman, Jim Foerst, Mark LoGrippo
Code Review and Town Property Committee: Jim Foerst, Chairman, Vicki Kimmins, Vice-Chairman, Frank Arena, Sam Della Fera
Public Works Committee: Frank Arena, Chairman, David Haas, Vice- Chairman, Vicki Kimmins, Keith Loughlin