Monday, January 7, 2013
Ed O'Malley, the newly appointed deputy mayor of Cranford says he wants commercial property taxes to be a focus of lessening the tax burden on residents.
At Cranford's reorganization meeting Ed O'Malley began his third term on the township committee. Now, as deputy mayor, he said he wants to work across partisan lines to help lower taxes. "What surprised me most about getting politically engaged," said O'Malley after the Jan. 1 meeting, "is the caliber of people in this building," he said referring to the gathering of township officials in the committee chambers. Of his New Year's resolution, O'Malley said one thing: taxes. "We need to do more on controlling taxes, which is easy to say," he said. "I want to be a catalyst and agent for making it happen," he said. O'Malley, a Democrat, said the town has to act in every way it can to fully realize what commercial property can do to offset …
Sunday, January 6, 2013
The Jan. 1, 2013 meeting saw a Democratic majority take control of the township committee.
"There are a lot of people looking to keep Cranford moving forward so I would like to be a catalyst for that," then commissioner-elect Tom Hannen, a Belmont Avenue resident, told Patch in November after winning a seat on the township committee. At the Cranford Township reorganization meeting this month on Jan. 1, Commisioner Tom Hannen quickly became Mayor and was sworn-in, twice. First for his committee seat, then for his mayorship. City and county government officials were in the audience, including, Cranford resident Freeholder Bette Jane Kowalski, Freeholder Al Mirabella, as well as officials from Cranford's fire and police force. Hannen's family joined him while he took his oath, including his wife Cynthia, his sons Tom and Dan, …
Saturday, January 5, 2013
Here is the speech Cranford's new Mayor read at the township reorganization meeting on Jan. 1, 2013.
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Saturday, January 5
Editor's Note: The following speech has been edited for publication. Good afternoon everybody. First I'd like to express my appreciation to David Robinson. David spent six years away from his family, to do work with the citizens of Cranford, and we are all grateful for his service. I'd like to join my fellow members of the township committee in thanking attorney Phil Morin for his service to the township committee in this past year, and I'd also like to thank Chief Eric G. Mason for his service as interim administrator and welcome Joseph Harnett, our new interim administrator. Thank you, everybody…Mom and dad, thanks for joining me.Thanks to my wife, Cindy. My sons Tom, Dan, my daughters Erin and Katy. I appreciate the amount of time that …