FACES AT RED BANK’S REORG

Img_6240Ed Zipprich and Juanita Lewis make their New Year’s Day debuts as elected officials.

Running mates Juanita Lewis and Ed Zipprich, who drubbed their Republican opponents in the November election, were sworn in as council members at yesterday’s annual reorganization of Red Bank’s governing body.

After nine years in the majority, Democrats now hold all six seats, just as they did for the decade prior to the election of Jennifer Beck in 1999. She’s now the state Senator for the 12th district.

Councilman Art Murphy, who was unable to attend the meeting because of a family commitment, was re-elected council president.

Here are some more pix from the event:

CrowdAs in years past, the audience overflowed the council chambers. But unlike recent reorgs, this one was short and sweet — less than an hour long.

Img_6210Joe Forgione was sworn in as fire chief, a position previously held by both his father and grandfather.

Ballard4Christine Ballard of T&M Associates was named borough engineer, succeeding firm colleague Rich Kosenski, who held the job for 20 years.

Img_6138Congressman Frank Pallone Jr. was present to bolster former law school classmate Mayor Pasquale Menna’s plea for federal funds to help pay for infrastructure improvements as part of the Obama Administration’s proposed stimulus plan.

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