Mayor Lipani, Deputy Mayor Britting, Committeeman Ciccarelli sworn in at the 2023 Reorganization meeting
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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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