POINT PLEASANT BEACH — Council members Caryn Byrnes and Tom Migut were sworn into new terms during the borough’s reorganization meeting Jan. 3
Members of the council thanked residents for their support and said they are ready for 2021.
“I am truly humbled, honored and enthused to be chosen by the people to represent you, this wonderful town of Point Pleasant Beach,” said Councilwoman Byrnes.
Ms. Byrnes congratulated her running mate, Mr. Migut, and her fellow members of the council for their hard work. She also thanked Mayor Paul Kanitra and the entire administration.
“Your all-hands-on-deck and can-do attitude, along with your warmth and special relationship you have with this town and the people in it, is nothing short of inspiring,” said Ms. Byrnes. “You are a dedicated public servant and I am very proud to serve in this administration alongside you.”
“And to my councilmembers, each and every one of you [have] your very own area of expertise and a common goal of what you feel is right for the town of Point Pleasant Beach and its people,” she said. “You have willingly shared your knowledge and experience with me and I am grateful.”
Ms. Brynes thanked the borough’s Quality of Life Director Kristen O’Rourke, Borough Attorney Kevin Riordan and town administrators Christine Riehl and Karen Mills.
Ms. Byrnes said she’s proud of the work she’s accomplished including improvements to streetscapes, beautification, helping seniors and more.
Ms. Byrnes serves as the liaison to the shade tree commission, green team, environmental commission and fire department chair.
Councilman Migut congratulated his running mate, Ms. Byrnes, and said he is glad to be serving in Point Pleasant Beach.
“I thank the residents for recognizing my efforts for them,” said Mr. Migut.
He said they were cheated this year due to COVID-19 during the election cycle, with no door-to-door canvassing, election night dinners and more.
“I really missed getting together with the residents and I pray to God that changes this year and we’ll be able to get together again and have an in-person council meeting,” said Mr. Migut.
Councilwoman Arlene Testa was also unanimously appointed as the borough’s council president, her first time serving in the position after her election last year.
“Thank you mayor and council members. It’s a huge honor and I’m so excited,” said Ms. Testa.
Mayor Kanitra spoke about the new council president.
“I feel incredibly strongly that there is one council member up there that just really deserves this,” he said.
“Her spirit is infectious,” said the mayor. “She bleeds red and white and she wears it on her sleeve. She has no personal agenda whatsoever. She has nothing to gain from being on the council; all she does is give of herself and give time to this community.
“Probably the only people in town that might not want her to be council president would be her husband, but he’s incredibly supportive of all the time that she spends anyway, and he and her son Luke are just as big a part of anything she does,” he added.
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