By NANETTE LoBIONDO GALLOWAY
LONGPORT – Nicholas Russo, Ed.D., Daniel Lawler and James P. Leeds Sr. were sworn-in to their fourth four-year term on the Longport Board of Commissioners during a ceremony held at Borough Hall noon Friday, Jan. 1.
Members of American Legion Post 469 of Longport presented the colors. All three Legionaires – Larry Pacentrilli, and Dennis and Kathy McGuigan – were classmates of Russo and Rosenberger. They all graduated from Holy Spirit High School in 1969.
Surrounded by family members, each commissioner took the oath of office administered by Municipal Court Judge John H. Rosenberger. The commissioners unanimously selected Russo to again serve as mayor and Lawler to serve as deputy mayor.
Russo thanked those in the community who put their trust in the “We Love Longport” team. Saying the governing body is responsible for ensuring the health, safety and welfare of borough citizens, he thanked the members of the Police Department, Fire Department and Public Works Department and Borough Hall employees for delivering on that responsibility.
“They make it happen,” Russo said. “They provide the support, interact with the public and make our job easy.”
Russo will serve as Director of Public Works, Parks and Property; Leeds will be Director of Revenue and Finance; and Lawler will be Director of Public Safety and Public Affairs.
The board also unanimously consented to the following appointments for 2021:
- Borough Solicitor – Michael Affanato, Esq.
- Municipal Administrator – A. Scott Porter
- Auditor – Ford-Scott Associates
- Bond Counsel – Fleishman Daniels Law Offices, LLC
- Risk Management Consultant – Dave Miller, CJ Adams Insurance
- Municipal Court Judge – John H. Rosenberger, Esq.
- Municipal Prosecutor – Carl Tripician, Esq.
- Public Defender – James P. Swift, Esq.
- Labor Counsel – Russell Lichtenstein, Esq.
- Special Projects Engineer – Richard L. Carter, PE, PP, CME
The board also introduced an ordinance to re-appropriate a $16,000 balance in previously approved bonds to finance the purchase of a new sewer jet. A public hearing on the ordinance will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20.
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