BOARD OF CHOSEN FREEHOLDERS – ANNUAL MEETING – JANUARY 4, 2013
DAVID SCAPICCHIO took the Oath of Office for Deputy Freeholder Director. Hewas sworn in by Honorable Rob Greenbaum, Mayor of Mount Olive Township andAttorney at Law, State of New Jersey. Holding the bible was Dave’s wife Betsy.Also standing were Dave’s daughters Jackie, Lindsey, and Ashley.Director Mastrangelo gave the following message:Good evening and welcome to the 2013 Re- organization meeting of the MorrisCounty Board of Chosen Freeholders.Other officials seated on the dais are : to my right, Diane Ketchum, Clerkof the Board to her right, County
Administrator John Bonanni, to my left, DanielO’Mullan, County Counsel and behind me, Mary Jo Buchanan, Assistant CountyAdministrator and Randal Bush, Assistant County Counsel.Special thanks to the Mt. Olive Fire Department for presenting our nation’scolors this evening and to our bagpiper, Sgt. Bob McDermott of the Morris CountyProsecutor’s office.I would also like to thank Shreya Durbha, Alexis Gartside and ShreyaVodapalli, for their wonderful singing of our national anthem Father MarkOlenowski of St. Pius Church of Montville for his blessings on this celebrationand the Clerk of the Board’s staff Susan Allard and Janet Donaldson for theirhelp in making this evening a great success.Thanks also to Chris Walker and his Buildings and Grounds crew for theirassistance with this evening’s event and to Scott Moffitt, Superintendent –Principal of the Morris County School of Technology, Fred Finck, the school’sSupervisor of Vocational Careers, Culinary Arts Teachers
Mary Rooney and GinaMcNeall, and to the students for the preparation and presentation of the food youwill enjoy later.I congratulate John Cesaro and Hank Lyon who were sworn in tonight fortheir new terms.Congratulations and welcome to the newest Freeholders, John Krickus andDavid Scapicchio. I look forward to working with all of you.Congratulations to David for being selected as the board’s Deputy Director.To two gentlemen I had the pleasure of serving with on this board BillChegwidden and John Murphy I want to thank you for your service. Your dedicationto the citizens of Morris County is to be commended. Bill and John, I wish youand your families well.Thank you to John Bonanni, Mary Jo Buchanan, the
department heads and all ofour county employees for all their hard work during 2012, especially for theiroutstanding response to Hurricane Sandy, let’s give them a hand.I thank our great Governor Chris Christie for the many reforms he has put inplace which have benefitted the taxpayers of Morris County.Most importantly, I thank my wife Debbie, and my
children, Chris, Brittneyand Michael for all their love, help and support and I would like to wish mydaughter Brittney a very Happy
Birthday. Brit thank for spending your night here.Thank you also to my mom and to my in-laws Jerry and Barbara Speziale.I’d like to recognize some current and former
elected officials and guestswho joined us this evening. Please hold your applause until the end:It is an honor for me to have been chosen by my colleagues as director.It is a privilege I do not take lightly and I sincerely appreciate theirconfidence and the trust they have placed in me.We are all elected to office because of a TRUST placed in us by those whoelect us. A TRUST to make the right decisions…A TRUST to keep our promises.In keeping my promises, my goals and those of my fellow Freeholders are tomake the right decisions to reduce spending in all areas of county government andto hold the line on taxes while delivering critical Public Safety and Quality ofLife services for all residents of Morris County.Our critical goals for 2013 will be to seek a freeze on the amount raisedin taxes to operate county government, to restrain spending including a capitalbudget reduction, and implementing a new technology strategy for countygovernment that has the potential to assist local government as well.When I arrived on this board in 2011, it was apparent that the resources tofund county services were limited due to a down economy, which unfortunately, hascontinued.