PHOTO: 2015 Middletown Township Committee – Committeeman Kevin M Settembrino, Deputy Mayor Stephen Massell, Mayor Stephanie Murray, Committeeman Anthony Fiore and Committeeman Gerard Scharfenberger
Middletown Township, NJ – As part of township’s annual Organization Day, Committeewoman Stephanie C. Murray was selected to as Mayor and Committeeman Stephen Massell as Deputy Mayor for 2015.
Mayor Murray noted goals and objectives for 2015 include launching a Community Identification Campaign to celebrate Middletown’s diversity while building a common community identity. Enhancing civic interaction with an upgraded mobile app and a retooled website, finding more ways to cut costs without sacrificing core municipal services, and revitalizing the Port of Belford are also on the table this year
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Murray is serving her second consecutive term as Mayor. She was also Deputy Mayor in 2013. Massell, who’s been on the governing body since 2010, served as Deputy Mayor in 2012. Their oaths of office were issued by Senator Joseph M. Kyrillos, Jr.
The selection of the 2015 Mayor and Deputy Mayor came after Committeeman Anthony P. Fiore and Committeewoman Stephanie C. Murray accepted oaths of office to serve on the Middletown Township Committee for another 3 years. Fiore accepted his third consecutive term and Murray her second consecutive term. Oaths were issued by Monmouth County Sheriff Sheriff Golden.
The members of the 2015 Township Committee are: Mayor Stephanie C. Murray, Deputy Mayor Stephen G. Massell, Committeeman Anthony P. Fiore, Committeeman Gerard P. Scharfenberger, Ph.D, and Committeeman Kevin M. Settembrino.
Middletown’s Fire Chiefs marked their appointments with oaths of office as well. They are: Fire Chief Rick W. Hibell and Deputy Chief John Gorsenger, Jr., First Assistant Anthony Citarella, Second Assistant Ryan Clarke and Third Assistant Stephen Schweizer.
Many volunteers turned out to accept oaths of office to serve on the township’s boards, committees and commissions. There are more than 20 township boards, committees and commissions. Each group focuses on different aspects of the community and works to enhance Middletown’s quality of life. Residents are appointed to these positions by the Township Committee.
Among the 2014 accomplishments referenced by Mayor and Township Committee include seeing the Port Monmouth Flood Control project get underway, administering nearly $2 million in state Sandy Homeowner and Renter Assistance Program funds (SHRAP), establishing a street sign program to honor Middletown’s fallen veterans, celebration of Middletown’s 350th anniversary, receipt of a $200,000 recycling grant, and collection of over a ton of food for the Middletown Food Pantry.
Middletown holds an Organization Day annually at Town Hall. Organization Day was held on January 4, 2014. The invocation was offered by Reverend Joseph E. Hein from Westminster Presbyterian Church of Middletown.