Hillsborough Township and your Township Committee hosts a night of open discussion between residents.
Mayor Lipani kicked off the evening with words of encouragement and stressed the importance of open dialogue. Deputy Mayor Britting, Committeeman Ruh, Committeeman Ciccarelli and Committeeman Tomson were all in attendance and contributed to the discussion topics for the residents in attendance.
Our Township Committee team is dedicated to the people of Hillsborough and fully supports an open dialogue that allows people to find common ground on issues that impact our town.
Committeeman James "Jim" Ruh is in it for the long haul. We are lucky to have him on the leadership team.
Courtesy of the PATCH:
HILLSBOROUGH, NJ — Republican James Ruh Jr. announced he is running for a full three-year term on the Hillsborough Township Committee in November. During the Wednesday night Reorganization meeting, Ruh Jr. shared his intentions to continue his tenure on the committee.
"I want to thank the people of Hillsborough for the opportunity... I had a little bit of a different travel to get here where I was not elected. I do intend to run for election after this year is over. I do want to make a long haul of this," said Ruh Jr.
Ruh Jr., a 30-plus-year resident of the Township and former Board of Education member, was selected on Dec. 2 to fill the unexpired term of Janine Erickson - who resigned for "personal life obligations." He officially took the oath of office to serve on the Committee during the Dec. 13 meeting. The term he is filling is set to expire at the end of 2023. To continue serving, Ruh, Jr. needs to be elected in November to a full three-year term.
"I have a steep, uphill learning curve. I am ready to go to work and serve the people of Hillsborough. Thank you for the opportunity and I look forward to proving myself to everybody," said Ruh, Jr. Ruh, Jr. previously had been serving on the Hillsborough Township Board of Education since May 2022 filling a seat left open after Jason Albanese resigned abruptly on Feb. 17, 2022 after serving less than two months. After accepting the township committee position, Ruh, Jr. resigned from his position on the school board.
Ruh, Jr. is a Hillsborough High School graduate along with his wife. They have three children also in the Hillsborough Township School District.
Original PATCH article link below:
Mayor Lipani, Deputy Mayor Britting, Committeeman Ciccarelli sworn in at the 2023 Reorganization meeting
Courtesy of the PATCH:
HILLSBOROUGH, NJ — Hillsborough Township will kick off 2023 with an entirely Republican Committee with the swearing-in of John Ciccarelli on Wednesday night. Ciccarelli and Robert Britting won over Ronald Yoder and Erynn Murray for two, three-year township committee seats in the November election.
Britting previously took the oath of office in December pursuant to vacancy law, said Township Clerk Pam Borek. Additionally at the meeting, Shawn Lipani was unanimously appointed for the third straight year to serve as Mayor and Britting as Deputy Mayor. Jack Ciattarelli of Hillsborough, former Assemblyman and Republican candidate for New Jersey Governor swore in all of the candidates.
Lipani thanked all of his supporters including his wife Tara and mom. "All of us up here make sacrifices to serve up here on the Township Committee. We miss birthdays, anniversaries, parties," said Lipani to Tara. "I would not be here without your support and I thank you. I couldn't be here without you allowing me to be here. I am really thankful for that and I love you." Lipani also got choked up as he thanked his mom "for always being there to support me… I am very proud to be your son." Lipani outlined some of the accomplishments achieved in 2022 and what to look forward to in 2023.
In 2023, Lipani said the township can expect to see more work to preserve open space, continued advocating for those continuously flooded in town, a revamp of the Master Plan, utilizing the road study, upgrades to municipal buildings, and an updated audio system for meetings. "I take no responsibility more seriously than that as your mayor. I've always looked to govern with humility and a steadfast conviction to be a public servant. To all of Hillsborough for we together make this town a place we love to call home," said Lipani.
Britting noted that he is a pretty straightforward type of guy. "I don't pull punches. Everything I say I mean and I follow through on every single I say I am going to do," said Britting. Britting's goal is to keep Hillsborough a place his three sons will want to grow up in and come back to live. Additionally, he wants to focus on preserving open space and lowering taxes. "Hillsborough has a tremendous amount of open space and I am going to throw myself in front of that and protect it with everything that I have," said Britting.
Ciccarelli said he was "truly humbled and honored to be up here on the dais." "I want the residents to know that the way I see it is I've been elected to serve all the residents - those who voted for me and those who didn’t - and that is what I intend to do," said Ciccarelli.
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Courtesy of the BEACON / CENTRALJERSEY.com:
HILLSBOROUGH – The Hillsborough Township Committee is welcoming back Rob Britting and bringing on newcomers James Ruh and John Ciccarelli to the board this year. Both Britting and Ruh were sworn into office at the Township Committee meeting on Dec. 13, while Ciccarelli had his ceremony during the committee’s reorganization meeting that was held on Jan. 4.
Britting and Ciccarelli, both candidates of the Republican Party, were voted into office during the local election in November. Ruh was selected by the Township Committee in December as the replacement for former committeewoman Janie Erickson, who resigned from her position on the board in November.
Ruh, a Hillsborough High School graduate, will serve on the board until Erickson’s term expires this year on Dec. 31.
In the local election, Britting and Ciccarelli beat out Democratic candidates Ron Yader and Erin Murphy for the two open seats on the committee.
In an interview, both Britting and Ciccarelli described their feelings of being voted onto the Township Committee by their peers as “rewarding.” “It’s rewarding that we’re going to move on to the [Township Committee],” Ciccarelli said. “We’ve both been involved with the township over the last few years and this is a nice step for us to use our skills to help the township. All the hard work has paid off.”
Britting got his first taste of being a part of the township committee back in March 2022 when he was selected to fill the vacant seat left by Steve Cohen. With his victory over Murray in the local election, Britting will serve the remainder of Cohen’s term through 2024. Since joining the board, Britting says he’s enjoyed being able to make a positive difference in the Hillsborough community and becoming a leader in the township. “I’ve learned it’s a self awareness opportunity that you really make a difference if you throw yourself in front of the problem,” said Britting of being a part of the Township Committee. “Everywhere you turn and everywhere you look, there is an opportunity to make a positive impact on either how the township administration is run, how different departments operate and the impact you can make on different segments of the population.” Prior to joining the Township Committee, Britting has been a member of both the Sustainable Hillsborough Steering and Hillsborough Environmental commissions, and he also serves on the Hillsborough Zoning Board of Adjustment. Britting has worked as a senior business executive in the pharmaceutical industry for over 20 years and lives in Hillsborough with his wife Kelly, and their three sons. “I tell people all the time that one of the reasons why I became a committeeman is to create a place where my kids want to come back to when they graduate college. We want to create a positive culture in the township,” he said.
Ciccarelli is a director in the construction advisory services group at J.S. Held and has more than 30 years of experience performing expert consulting and project advisory services for clients in the global engineering and construction industries sector. He and his wife Kim live in Hillsborough with their two daughters.
Since 2005, Ciccarelli has been a board member of the Hillsborough Soccer Club and was the organization’s president from 2015-17. He has also been a member of the Hillsborough Township Planning Board since 2020.
Ciccarelli will serve a three-year term that will run through 2025. “All of my experiences have led up to this point,” Ciccarelli said of serving on the Township Committee. “I can bring a different perspective from an engineering point of view and also continue a business-like approach to running the government like the township has done for years.”
Ciccarelli and Britting will look to tackle three major points of emphasis they based their platforms on during the election.
Those areas of interest are:
Ciccarelli mentioned that the township has begun working on some stormwater control issues for areas in Hillsborough that have been heavily affected by recent storms the past few years.
Revisiting some of the ordinances in the industrial zones around the township is another area of focus for both Ciccarelli and Britting as well.
Ciccarelli, Britting and Ruh join Shawn Lipani and Doug Tomson to make up the Hillsborough Township Committee for 2023.
Full article @ the Beacon (link below):