BRICK TOWNSHIP — Brick’s annual reorganization meeting was held on New Year’s Day, and a number of town officials were sworn into their positions, including Mayor John Ducey, who was reelected to a third term last November.
The Democratic mayor, who defeated his Republican challenger Theresa Gallagher by more than 7,500 votes, thanked his family, friends and the Brick voters for giving him the opportunity to serve as mayor for another four years.
After taking his own oath of office from Superior Court Judge Brian Corley White, Mayor Ducey swore in fellow Democrats Heather deJong and Marianna Pontoriero who were reelected to the township council.
Also taking the oath of office for his first term on the township council was Republican Perry Albanese.
“I take the responsibility of being a public servant in high regard,” Councilman Albanese said. “I want to ensure that the residents understand that I’ll do my duties, I’ll be transparent, honest and most importantly I’ll be available for citizens of Brick Township.”
Vincent Minichino was selected by the council to serve as council president, and he was sworn in by Mayor Ducey. He succeeds Councilwoman Lisa Crate, who was sworn in by the mayor as council vice president for 2022.
Councilwoman Crate was also presented with a plaque commemorating her term as council president.
“If this meeting is any indication of how the year is going to be, it’s going to be a good year,” Council President Minichino said.
Former Councilman Paul Mummolo was also honored during the meeting, receiving the Key to the Town from Mayor Ducey.
The next council meeting is scheduled for Jan. 11 at 7 p.m. at 401 Chambers Bridge Rd.
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