Susan Cohen to Serve Second Term as Manalapan Mayor

Susan Cohen was sworn in as Mayor and Jordan Maskowitz was sworn in as Deputy Mayor.

Susan Cohen was named the Mayor of Manalapan Township for the second year in a row at the Township Committee Reorganization meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 2.

Township Committeeman Ryan Green, who was sworn in to the municipal government last night for another 3-year term by District 12 Assemblyman Rob Clifton, nominated Cohen.

“As we all know, 2012 was an eventful year for our state as we faced the extraordinary challenges brought on by Hurricane Sandy,” Green said. “Susan Cohen stepped up to those challenges in an extraordinary way as mayor which is why the Township Committee has decided she should have another go at it.”

The Township Committee unanimously approved the motion to appoint Cohen as mayor of Manalapan for 2013. Cohen was sworn into office by Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden.

Additionally, Jordan Maskowitz was sworn in as Deputy Mayor for 2013 by Golden. Maskowitz was nominated to the position by Committeeman Don Holland, who served as Deputy Mayor in 2012, and he was unanimously voted in by the Township Committee.

“Susan Cohen certainly came up as a true leader and I am proud to serve as your Deputy Mayor and look forward to it,” Maskowitz said, also thanking the Township Committee for their confidence in him.

Cohen also thanked the Township Committee for choosing her once again to serve as mayor.

“Although we are the same Township Committee as last year, we are prepared for the new challenges that 2013 will bring,” Cohen said. “As always, we are here to serve our residents in the best way that we can . . . As the new year begins we have a lot of hard work ahead of us, we will continue to find ways to keep taxes as low as possible while doing our utmost to keep services that you are accustomed to.”

While it is rare for a Manalapan mayor to serve two years in a row, it has happened before, most recently when Andrew Lucas served as mayor in 2010 and 2011, according to Township Administrator Tara Lovrich.

Manalapan Resident January 03, 2013 at 03:32 PM
exactly what did these people do that they werent elected to do? as for them traveling thru the town, never saw hide nor hair of these jokers. what i did see was not electricity in our town for up to 2 weeks or possibly more. emails sent out by the clerical staff to the developments does not mean they actually did anything . certainly none of them went "above and beyond". "Bob Plaza" states that Jordan maskowitz "traveled thru the town helping the DPW clear our roads" So I guess he physically got out of his car and moved the trees and debris? I don't think so...
Jerry January 03, 2013 at 05:29 PM
So Manalapan Resident, what exactly did you do to help your fellow residents? Were you out there clearing trees? Delivering food? Providing shelter? Or were you one of those camped out waiting to scoop up generators at Home Depot or Lowes? Just wondering. By the way, for all the whiners (like the above), if you had been told beforehand that the largest most powerful storm in more than a century would hit NJ and cause massive damage that would knock out power for 90% of the residents AND that MOST would have power back within one week, would you have signed up for that? I know I would. And no, I don't work for the power companies or the governemnt. I'm just a human capable of reasonable thought.
Christopher January 03, 2013 at 05:55 PM
A Manalapan Resident who calls our Township Representatives "Jokers" simply does not participate in township activities. Try Volunteering during something like Hurricane Sandy and see first hand what the people of the Township and the Administration of the township are made of. Strong, dedicated and caring. I know because I worked with our Mayor and many of our residents during the storm and the aftermath of what it brought to our township. Roll up your sleeves Mr. No Name and get involved. I would respect your comments more if you had some facts to back them up. Christopher Borowski, Manalapan resident
gypsy290 January 03, 2013 at 07:04 PM
Congratulations to our Mayor. She was a huge help when I had no power during Hurricane Sandy. Thank you again!!!
LA07726 January 03, 2013 at 11:53 PM
Susan Cohen was responsive and accessible during the storm. She personally kept in touch with those of us that were without power the longest. Thank you, Susan. Congratulations!


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