The Township of Weehawken held their inauguration ceremony this afternoon after the incumbents won an uncontested elections in May, with Mayor Richard Turner officially beginning his ninth term.
Turner returns to the dais with 1st Ward Councilwoman Carmela Silvestri-Ehret, 2nd Ward Councilwoman Rosemary J. Lavagnino, 3rd Ward Councilman Robert Sosa, and Councilman-at-Large David Curtis.
The electeds all had their friends and family on hand for the roughly hour-long ceremony and Turner was sworn in by County Commissioner Caridad Rodriguez (D-7).
He noted that family support was essential for the “tough burden” of being an elected official and also thanked municipal workers for their continued efforts.
“We look forward to a great four years: we’re gonna move forward on fixing Park Avenue, we’re gonna move forward on completing our waterfront park, we have electric charging stations coming – we’re gonna be working on where to put them,” Turner said of goals for this upcoming term.
“We have two hybrid police cars, obviously we’ll save on gas, and we have an electric police car, right? … And I gotta say this: you wouldn’t have a better administration than these council people: honest, no agendas, they’re only agenda is doing [what’s] best for the public.”
Turner, first elected in 1990, is Hudson County’s longest serving mayor and is also the state director for outgoing U.S. Rep. Albio Sires (D-8).