Pennington Borough Honors Former Mayor and Swears-in Council Members

Pennington Borough Honors Former Mayor and Swears-in Council Members

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(2019) Current Hopewell Borough Mayor Paul Anzano and former Hopewell Township Mayors Persichilli and Kuchinski

Pennington Borough Council held their annual reorganization meeting this week, attended by an overflowing crowd of residents, volunteers, family and friends, including former Council members and mayors and County officials.

New Councilwoman Liz Semple was sworn in to a three-year term, and Councilwoman Deb Gnatt was re-elected. Mayor Joe Lawver was selected by Council at the December 27, 2018 meeting to fill the unexpired mayoral term vacated upon Tony Persichilli’s retirement. That term runs to December 31, 2019.

Persichilli, was also honored by proclamation by Lawver, and recognized by Stephanie Carey, the Borough’s health officer, for his dedication and accomplishments to public health. Persichilli set a 12-year record as the longest serving mayor in Pennington Borough history. In 2004, he entered the political arena winning election to Pennington Borough Council. After serving with distinction on Council, he was elected Pennington mayor three times, serving three terms of four years, until his resignation in December, 2018. (Please also see: Pennington Borough Council Honors Retiring Mayor and Talks Road Work.)

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Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from SUNY Binghamton and a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall Law School. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, creative endeavors, and photographing mushrooms. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, serves on the volunteer Board of Trustees of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT), holds a seat on the Hopewell Borough Board of Health, and is a member of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance.

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