Tinton Falls Borough Council Reorganization Meeting Highlights New Projects and Address Opioid Crisis

The Tinton Falls Borough Council reorganization meeting held on January 2, 2024, marked the certification and swearing-in of newly elected officials Tracy Buckley, Rysa Clay, and Michael Nesci, with Tracy Buckley being the top vote-getter. The Council also nominated and elected Rysa Clay as the Council President and Dr. Lawrence Doan as the Deputy Council President. Additionally, the meeting underscored the borough’s commitment to tackling the opioid crisis through an awareness and prevention program, the receipt of significant grant funding for community projects, and the ongoing construction of the Tinton Falls Library and park improvements.

The swearing-in ceremony was a focal point of the meeting with Tracy Buckley, Rysa Clay, and Michael Nesci officially taking their oaths of office. Buckley was sworn in by Assemblywoman-elect Luanne Peterpaul, while Senator Vin Gopal administered the oaths to Clay and Nesci. In their statements, the officials expressed their gratitude to the residents and their commitment to making Tinton Falls a safe and affordable community. Buckley thanked voters for entrusting her with another term, and Clay thanked the voters, her running mates, and the residents for their support.

Following the ceremony, Mayor Vito Perillo made several appointments to the Planning Board and Historic Preservation Commission. Nicole Kelly, Lori Paone, Robert Clayton, Robert Markoff, Richard Wallace, Peter Schwarz, and Herbert Queen were appointed to the Planning Board, and Michael Lee and Kathleen DeAngelo were appointed to the Historic Preservation Commission.

Additionally the Borough Engineer, Tom Neff, provided updates on key infrastructure projects that will impact the community. Updates included the construction of the Tinton Falls Library and the installation of new sirens for lightning detection systems at Liberty Park, Sycamore Park, and Haxen Park. Additionally, the Business Administrator, Mr. Terao, highlighted the significant grant funding received by the borough. Among the notable grants were $600,000 allocated for the Sycamore softball fields and $50,000 for the njdca Public Safety grant.

A pivotal part of the meeting was the report on the opioid awareness and prevention program. The program will focus on overdose prevention education for high school students and will involve the police department.

The council received a budgeting and audits report, which indicated consistently exemplary marks on its audits. Mayor Perillo and the director of law both commended the newly elected council members and extended their best wishes for the coming year.

Dr. Doan shared his excitement about the anticipated opening of the Tinton Falls Library in 2024, emphasizing the importance of this resource to the community. Councilman Robert McCoy thanked the Township Police Department and Fire Department for their service and expressed gratitude for the opportunity to serve as council president. Councilman Michael Nesci reported attending the EMS fire swearing-in and thanked the EMS and firefighters for their service, highlighting the role these departments play in community safety.

The meeting also included a public discussion segment, which provided a platform for community members to voice their support and gratitude. Eatontown Borough Council Member Danielle Jones, along with residents Ellen Goldberg and Brendan Tobin, commended the council for their service. Ronnie Batista, who had served on the Tinton Falls Zoning Board of Adjustment for 16 years, shared his gratitude and extended his best wishes.

Furthermore, the council proceeded with the appointments to various boards and committees, such as the environmental commission, the Green Team advisory committee, the planning board, and the zoning board of adjustment. These appointments were approved through roll call votes and are essential for the borough’s environmental and development planning efforts.

Note: This meeting summary was generated by AI, which can occasionally misspell names, misattribute actions, and state inaccuracies. This summary is intended to be a starting point and you should review the meeting record linked above before acting on anything you read. If we got something wrong, let us know. We’re working every day to improve our process in pursuit of universal local government transparency.

Mayor:
Vito Perillo
City Council Officials:
Frank Lodato, Robert Clayton, Gary Baldwin, Michael Nesci, Lori Paone, Joseph Mirachi, Richard Wallace, Joel Natter, Robert Markoff, William F. Holobowski, Robert McCoy, Jennifer Beahm (Planner), Leon Avakian (Inc.), Tom Neff (Engineer), Dennis Collins (Board Attorney), Trish Zibrin (Board Secretary)

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