Sayreville Borough Council Farewells Mayor Kilpatrick, Honors Outgoing Members, and Introduces New Police Initiatives

In a recent meeting of the Sayreville Borough Council, Mayor Victoria Kilpatrick bid her farewell after a 10-year service, alongside outgoing council members Mary Novak and Vincent Conti. The meeting also saw the swearing-in of three new patrol officers and the introduction of a progressive police program, “Pulse,” which aims to tackle non-criminal incidents involving mental health, substance abuse, and homelessness.

Mayor Victoria Kilpatrick, who reflected on her journey in public service, emphasized the importance of listening, learning, and utilizing common sense in decision-making. She expressed her gratitude for the opportunity to serve the town for a decade, highlighting the role her family played in supporting her time in office. During an emotional speech, Kilpatrick acknowledged her impact and recognized the contributions of the late Councilwoman Eunice Jun, requesting a moment of silence in her memory.

The meeting also recognized the distinguished service of Councilwoman Mary Novak and Councilman Vincent Conti. Novak, who served from 2012 to 2023, reminisced about her accomplishments, including the implementation of automated garbage collection and the reduction of housing debts. Conti, who served from 2020 to 2023, expressed gratitude to the residents for allowing him to serve.

The council also saw the swearing-in of three new patrol officers, Robert Lopez, Claudio Mendes, and Matthew Pellic. Following this, Lieutenant John Zebrowski presented the “Pulse” program. This initiative places social workers within the police department to address non-criminal incidents involving mental health, substance abuse, and homelessness, reducing the burden on police resources and leading to a 46% reduction in use of force incidents among the residents.

Various community programs, including winter camps and recreational activities, were updated by council members. Business Administrator Glenn Skarzynski addressed a resident’s concern regarding a streetlight issue, assuring that the matter was being dealt with.

Additionally, discussions were held on ordinances related to salary adjustments for borough officials and amendments to the borough’s general ordinances. There were also debates about potential legal issues, the need for a thorough investigation, and the status of a ballot question related to the Blue Acres project.

The council members emphasized the importance of patience, collaboration, and persistence in achieving results and expressed confidence in future leadership. The meeting concluded with a call for more resident engagement, transparency and action on various outstanding issues including the investigation, open space acquisitions, and political transparency.

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Victoria Kilpatrick
City Council Officials:
John Zebrowski, Dan Balka, Vincent Conti, Mary Novak, Christian Onuoha, Donna Roberts, Jessica Morelos (Municipal Clerk), Nicole Waranowicz (Assistant Municipal Clerk), Jeanmarie O’Leary (Keyboarding Clerk I), Kaitlyn Mulcahy (Clerk 1), Dan Celidonio (Building Inspector), Lewis Hassell (Building Inspector), John Sarica (Electrical Subcode Official), Kirk Miick (Director/Construction & Fire Subcode Official), Dave Wroblewski (Building Subcode Official), Ernest Morgan (Plumbing Subcode Official), Dave Piech (Electrical Inspector), Amy Huff (Technical Assistant), Elizabeth Kuras (Clerk/Bilingual), Amy Williams (Technical Assistant), Donald Riley (Morgan First Aid President), Dexter Thomas (Sayreville Emergency Squad President), Denise Biancamano (C. F. O.), Danielle Maiorana (QPA, Purchasing Agent), Bea Duigon (Benefits Clerk), Jennifer Dusko (Payroll Clerk), Amy Loughman (Senior Account Clerk), Kevin Krushinski (Fire Official), Jonathan Magaw (Fire Inspector), Andrew Landstrom (Fire Inspector), Joe Notarangelo (Board of Health President), Amy Williams (Registrar), Edwin Gano (Health Inspector), Leah Kloc (Library Director), Rebecca Garbowski (Personnel Director), Glenn Skarzynski (Business Administrator), Jennifer Betzler (Clerk), Jennifer Bell (Director of Senior Citizen Activities), Jeanne Cirillo (Field Representative), Rita Kolodziej (Clerk), Dan Plumacker (Chief of Police), Dominick Castelgrant (Uniform Division Commander), Patrick Kiernan (Captain – Administration), Debbie Turner (Records Department), Dawn Perry-Meyer (Clerk), Enza Tsaptsinos (Clerk), Brian Van Dongen (Director of Recreation), Jeffrey Schnitzer (Clerk), Cheryl McQuade (Clerk), George Gawron (Superintendant of Public Works), Elyse Barone (Recycling Coordinator), Matthew Johnsen (Fire Chief), Vincent Waranowicz (First Assistant Fire Chief), Anthony Mercado (Second Assistant Fire Chief), Joseph Kupsch (Tax Assessor), Beverly Johns (Deputy Tax Assessor), Ken Kelly (Assessing Clerk), Katie Elichko (Tax Collector), David Leitner (Superintendent), Ken Hays (Supervisor of Water), Rich Jurkiewicz (Sewer Supervisor), Jodie Klosek (Office Supervisor), Andrew Mashanski (Zoning Officer), Joan Kemble (Clerk/Zoning Board Secretary), Beth Magnani (Secretary), Tracy Ansley (Code Enforcement Officer), Rafael Albarran (Code Enforcement Officer/Bilingual Spanish), Joan Kemble (Clerk).

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