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Jordan Maskowitz Named Manalapan Mayor for 2014

All committee members but Ryan Green voted to elect Maskowitz.

Jordan Maskowitz has been named the new mayor of Manalapan Township for 2014.  Susan Cohen nominated Maskowitz for the position after she declined a nomination for herself made by Committeeman Ryan Green to run a third term as mayor. In a 4-1 vote, Maskowitz was elected mayor by the Township Committee; Green was the one dissenting vote. 

Green said that he did not believe Maskowitz is fit to be mayor, stating “I believe that the mayor should be held to the highest standards when it comes to the law, and Mr. Maskowitz does not pass that test.” 

Green evidenced this statement by saying that he believes Maskowitz violated the Open Public Meetings Act, which requires a governing body to provide advance notice to the public before a majority of the body can discuss public business. Green said he has over 50 emails that Maskowitz sent to other committee members in an attempt to converse about Township issues outside of a publicly noticed meeting. Township Attorney Roger McLaughlin will review the emails before they are sent over to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office for review. 

Maskowitz defended himself by saying that the emails Green was referencing were contract related and not in related to the Open Public Meetings Act.

Green also said that he had the full support of the Township Committee to serve as mayor in 2014 before he contacted the state about ethical questions he had regarding the Township Committee’s handling of the agreement with the First Aid Squad. This agreement allows the Englishtown-Manalapan First Aid Squad to form a not-for-profit corporation in order to possibly hire paid emergency medical technicians in the future. 

According to Green, his action caused the State Department of Community Affairs to intervene and make significant changes to the agreement. Maskowitz, on the other hand, said that the Township Committee had advised the administrator to send the agreement to the state for review before Green contacted them. 

In other reorganizational news, Committeeman Jack McNaboe was elected Deputy Mayor for 2014. McNaboe was officially sworn into office for his one year term, which he gained in the November election. Maskowitz and new Committeewoman Maryann Musich were also sworn into office at the beginning of the meeting for their subsequent three year terms. 

ENGLISHTOWN PROUD RESIDENT January 08, 2014 at 01:20 AM
Congrats Jordan !!
sgmbh January 08, 2014 at 08:51 AM
Only one (or two) questions... Why did Green want to be the Mayor in Manalapan, a town with what he has stated has an incidious governing body, as well as vote yes to the change to the First Aid Squad? Was it all ok, if he was going to be the mayor? But it became not ok when he apparently was skipped over to be replaced by Maskowitz? Why did he wait to express his concerns until after he was losing his political stature in town?
Sarah January 08, 2014 at 11:12 AM
The years have been rough. When does peace and working together come to town hall?
Jim Orourke January 12, 2014 at 06:11 PM
congrulations on jordan their is alot owrk to do no your kids and teri are very happy for you and your friends from the soccer club , yes are hear to commit to you what ever you ask to do , we will do it and yes will do things if you ask me to do somethings yes i am always lend a hand in many departments no have my limiations will continue do my best and do to it my best to my ablity , everyone no me in this great town plus i feel can always do better when i am their in town hall i am will learn more about every day duties , this where grew up and hope my future will be hear . sometimes when go to sleep at night and say can improve this great township the bottom line i am willing to learn more , about departemnts jim

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