A new year marks the end of familiar traditions as we usher in the excitement of new beginnings. For Randolph Township, it marks a few changes amongst the township council. New members were sworn in and appointments were made for boards and committees during the January 5, 2023 reorganization meeting.
For the new year in Randolph, Lou Nisivoccia has been selected to serve as mayor and Christine Carey as deputy mayor, as former mayor Marie Potter resumes duties as councilmember after gracefully leading the township throughout 2022.
During her reorganization speech, Deputy Mayor Carey stated: “First, I want to thank our outgoing mayor, Marie Potter. Over the past year, Marie has done a great job while serving as mayor. She has been a strong, organized and compassionate leader. She led the council through some complicated and tough issues, and we are grateful for her leadership. Next, I would like to congratulate our new mayor, Lou Nisivoccia. Lou is a ‘forever’ resident of Randolph who has a long history of serving our community and working to make Randolph a great place to live. We are fortunate to have him serve as mayor in 2023.”
In 2023, Randolph Township also welcomes newest councilmember, Helene Elbaum, while bidding farewell to longtime councilmember Jim Loveys after 12 years of loyal service. During Mr. Loveys’ farewell ceremony, Senator Anthony Bucco and Assemblywoman Aura Dunn presented a resolution in acknowledgement of his dedication and municipal service. The veterans from VFW Post 7333 presented a “Certificate of Recognition for Exemplary Services to the Residents of Randolph” for all the support he has provided veterans and citizens throughout the years. Township Manager Greg Poff thanked Mr. Loveys and spoke to what an incredible job he has done for the township.
In his closing remarks about Mr. Loveys, Mayor Nisivoccia stated: “It has been my absolute pleasure to serve with you. Thank you for your mentoring and your guidance. You never put anyone or anything down; rather, your approach to every situation sought to bring out the best of everyone around you. A person of unquestionable integrity—you will be missed in these hallways. On behalf of Randolph Township, thank you for twelve years of dedicated service on the council, including two terms as mayor and two terms as deputy mayor.”
With Mr. Loveys’ departure from the council, there surely will be a big void to fill. But where there is a vacancy, there is an opportunity; with newest councilmembers Helene Elbaum and Joe Hathaway stepping in, and long serving councilmembers Mark Forstenhausler, Marie Potter, Joanne Veech, Mayor Lou Nisivoccia and Deputy Mayor Chris Carey continuing to provide guidance and leadership, Randolph Township is positioned for an exciting year in 2023. This council roster also marks the first time in township history that the council is comprised of a female majority.