Mayor-Elect Jeff Martin Announces Transition Committee Co-chairs

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Today, Hamilton Mayor-Elect Jeff Martin announced the committee co-chairs of his transition team.  The co-chairs of each committee will work with their yet to be announced committee members, the transition co-chairs and the Mayor-Elect in ensuring a smooth transition.  

“I thank each and every co-chair for their willingness to volunteer and serve Hamilton by ensuring a smooth transition to my administration,” said Martin.  “These are all individuals who have dedicated their lives to serving others and seeing their community succeed. I look forward to announcing additional members of the committees in the coming weeks and working with them as we continue the transition.”       

The following persons are Co-Chairs of the listed transition committee: 

Transition – Rachel Holland & Sharon Shinkle Gardner

Animal Welfare – Brian Hackett (Director, NJ Humane Society) & Kristin Mercer (Co-Founder, It’s a Ruff Life Rescue) 

Operations & Finance – Hon. Anthony “Skip” Cimino (Executive Director, NJ Assembly Democrats) & R. David Rousseau (former New Jersey State Treasurer) 

Public Works & Infrastructure – Nicole Minutoli (NJDOT) & Steven Gardner (NJ State Laborers) 

Public Authorities – Hon. Anthony Carabelli, Sr. (former Mercer County Freeholder) & Andrew Hendry (former President, New Jersey Utilities Association) 

Legal & Court Operations – Arthur Sypek, Esq. (former Mercer County Counsel) & Michael Donahue, Esq. (Managing Partner, Stark & Stark)

Recreation, Education & Youth Activities – Toni DeAngelo (Hamilton Library Board Member) & Jeff Hurley (CEO, Trenton Thunder) 

Economic Development – Jeff Perlman (Managing Partner, Borden Perlman) & Jeannine Cimino (Regional President, Berkshire Bank) 

Non-Profit & Community Development – Dr. Joseph E. Woods (Pastor, St. Phillips Baptist Church) & Diana Zita (CEO, Hamilton YMCA) 

Public Safety – Hon. Samuel Plumeri, Jr. (Chairman, New Jersey Parole Board) & Hon. Gilbert Lugossy (Commissioner, Hamilton Fire District 3) 

Health & Special Needs – Stephanie Pratico (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia), Lisa Breza (Senior Vice President, Robert Wood Johnson Hamilton Hospital), & Suzanne Borgos (Vice President, Capital Health) 

Senior & Veteran Services – Madina Wilson (Director, Mercer County Veteran Services) & Yolanda Stringer (Director of Community Relations, Hamilton Continuing Care) 

Labor & Workforce Development – Debbie Parks (International Vice President, AFSCME) & Charles “Chuddy” Whalen (Assistant Business Manager, Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 9) 

Land Use & Environment – Jen Coffey (Executive Director, Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions) & Peter Kasabach (Executive Director, NJ Future) 

Arts & Tourism – Ellen Renee (Chairwoman, Hamilton Cultural Affairs and Arts Commission) & Gary Schneider (Executive Director, Grounds for Sculpture) 

Further members of each committee are still in formation. Members of the public interested in being a member of a transition committee should send a copy of their CV/resume and/or a letter of interest to or to PO Box 9431, Hamilton, NJ 08650.  Contact information and area of expertise should be included.  

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