Brick Township Council realigns for 2020

Lisa Crate was sworn in at the Brick council reorganization meeting. She was nominated by the council to serve as the 2020 Council President [COURTESY OF BRICK TOWNSHIP]

BRICK TOWNSHIP — A new councilman was sworn in for the first time and a new council president and vice president were elected at the Brick Township Council reorganization meeting on New Year’s Day.

Vincent Minichino, joined by his wife, placed his hand on the Bible and was sworn in as a member of the Township Council by Mayor John Ducey. In November, Mr. Minichino joined the three other Democratic candidates, incumbents Andrea Zapcic, Lisa Crate and Arthur Halloran, in completing a Democratic sweep of the council, with Mr. Minichino taking the former seat of Jim Fozman, who held the council’s sole Republican seat but lost a bid for re-election.

Lisa Crate was unanimously voted to the office of council president by the new council after Councilwoman Zapcic, who served as the council president in 2019, nominated her. Ms. Zapcic had nothing but praise for Ms. Crate’s rise in town leadership.

“During the past four years I have watched Lisa Crate blossom from rookie councilwoman, who, by her very own admission, only knew what she didn’t know, into a seasoned leader and a two-term [council] vice president taking on new and innovative projects for our community,” Councilwoman Zapcic said.

“She is thoughtful, diligent, always does her homework and always brings her A-game. Last year she was my right arm and I sought her counsel on just about everything to the point where it would have been more accurate to call her co-president rather than vice president.”

Later, Council President Crate honored Councilwoman Zapcic with an honorary gavel for her leadership during what she described as, at times, a  “tough” 2019.

“There was a lot of disagreement as we sat up on the dais and a lot of tumultuous discussions about what’s going on in the town … and at every turn [Councilwoman Zapcic] led with such grace and such dignity and was able to keep all of the council meetings professional.”

Councilman Art Halloran was unanimously elected to serve as the council’s vice president, after being nominated by Council President Crate.

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