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PHOTO GALLERY: Stafford Reorganizes, Prepares for Challenging Year Ahead

Mayor John Spodofora said to the meeting attendees, shortly after taking his oath of office:'There are still people without homes … we are in for a rough year ahead.'

Last night's Stafford Township reorganization meeting was similar to others throughout the county, with smiles and well wishes for the new members from friends and family members, but this meeting differed from others somewhat, in that all of the newly-sworn in Council members acknowledged they have a difficult year ahead.

"Stafford has gone through the worst storm we've ever experienced in our history," Mayor John Spodofora said to the meeting attendees, shortly after taking his oath of office. "There are still people without homes … we are in for a rough year ahead." 

Several Council members echoed those comments, while also thanking the voters for their election. which  included Mayoral Challenger Paul Marchal, David Taylor, incumbent Joanne Sitek, Christopher McManus, Esther Libenschek, Ben Pieper, and Brian Corley White for Council.

After taking his oath of office during the Council comments portion of the meeting, Robert Kusznikow said: "We have difficult days ahead of us." He added that he was proud of the response of the community, adding "I know this Council is going to move together in a positive way."

Henry Mancini, who was sworn in as Council President last night, said: "We are facing a tough year, and it is is going to be important for all of us to work together and meet this challenges head on." 

Sharon McKenna noted: "It is important that we have a strong ties with federal governmentt, because we're dealing with that now with this storm."

Lori Wyrsch also acknowledged businesses in town that have been affected, adding that she hopes to work with them to meet the "challenges ahead."

Several residents in town praised the new Council members, and thanked the town Council members and township workers for their efforts since Sandy. 

Sal Sorce January 09, 2013 at 10:26 PM
Deadline for filing damages by Sandy must notify the township tax assessor by January 10, 2013. They must request an inspection for adjustments in their property tax assessments. Suggested information; your name, telephone number/s, block and lot numbers, mailing address and when you can be available for inspection. Suggest a brief description of the damages you have incurred. Hope this team will have a solid plan of action for the next council meeting. From what's been in the press sounds like a real political mess ... the GOP stopped the original monies stated weeks ago ... The new council is a solid Ocean County Republican group ... most of the construction of these homes was done under The Block Team 27-year reign ... let's see if anything will be improved ... as so many homes will cost thousands to be raised to the new flood rules ... the improvements will most likely raise as well ... how about the nearly 6,000 plus who are merely "summer home owners"? Second home owners present a very difficult issue as they are not covered by FEMA ... their homes must be a PRIMARY RESIDENCE. What's the status of the Ocean Acres Forecastle Project Ordinance 2004-22, Neptune Basin flooding benefit project $2.3 Million Project Cost?
Sal Sorce January 09, 2013 at 11:12 PM
Governor Chris Christie is coming to Stafford next Wednesday, January 16th, his town hall meeting to be held at Saint Mary of The Pines Parish Center Gymnasium ... located behind the church ... This event will start at 3PM with doors to open at 2:15 PM Seating is limited so RSVP open to the public arrive early ...

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