Cafero sworn in for second term; McCullough remains mayor

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Township Committeeman Joe Cafero is sworn in for his second three-year term by New Jersey Assemblyman Chris Brown. Cafero’s daughter Brittney holds the Bible as Cafero’s wife Diane looks on. Township Committeeman Joe Cafero is sworn in for his second three-year term by New Jersey Assemblyman Chris Brown. Cafero’s daughter Brittney holds the Bible as Cafero’s wife Diane looks on. EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – A bitterly cold evening and snow-covered streets did not dissuade a standing-room audience from attending Egg Harbor Township Committee’s annual reorganization meeting Friday, Jan. 3.

Joe Cafero, who was re-elected in November, was sworn in by Assemblyman Chris Brown.

Cafero thanked his family for their support and sacrifices, as well as the public for its support.

“I am also thankful to work with colleagues of this caliber,” he said.

James “Sonny” McCullough was once again honored by his fellow committee members who re-elected him chairman of Egg Harbor Township Committee, which carries the title of mayor.

Paul Hodson was unanimously selected to serve as deputy mayor for 2014.

Later in the meeting, McCullough said 2013 was a tough year for the township.

“We had 2,300 tax appeals that resulted in 613 reductions,” he said.

McCullough said he expects 2014 to be a pretty good budget year. There are now 209 full-time employees, down from a previous staffing level of 250.

Also at the meeting, an ordinance was introduced to authorize the purchase of a property on the Black Horse Pike in West Atlantic City for the purpose of implementing the redevelopment plan for that area.

“This is the fifth parcel we plan to acquire as part of the $3 million grant from the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority,” McCullough said.

The township also added three new police officers to the force.

After swearing in Shane J. Gilson, Paul Janetta and Steven M. McKenney, McCullough told them, “We expect first class and top class for our department, which I consider one of the finest in the Delaware Valley.”

Michael Finnerty, a 10-year veteran of the force, was promoted to sergeant.

Among other appointments, Anthony DiDonato, Christine Martin and John Haines were appointed to the Zoning Board of Adjustment; and McCullough, Committeeman John Carman, Township Administrator Peter Miller and Robert Levy were appointed to the Planning Board. M.D. Shamsuddin was appointed as an alternate.

Photos by Charlie Pritchard

Egg Harbor Township Mayor James ‘Sonny’ McCullough, re-elected to that position by his fellow committee members, is sworn in by Atlantic County Sheriff Frank Balles as his granddaughters, Georgina and Ginette McCullough, observe. The mayor’s brother, Bill McCullough held the Bible. Egg Harbor Township Mayor James ‘Sonny’ McCullough, re-elected to that position by his fellow committee members, is sworn in by Atlantic County Sheriff Frank Balles as his granddaughters, Georgina and Ginette McCullough, observe. The mayor’s brother, Bill McCullough held the Bible.


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