JACKSON–The Jackson Township Council Meeting of January 8th, 2013 was like no other meeting in the history of our coverage of the meetings.
Typically, Jackson Township meetings are known to erupt in furor and fiery political rhetoric from the dais somewhere between the council comments and first open public session.
A council known for its devisive political rhetoric, started on a calm and friendly note last Tuesday. It was the first meeting in years where a single party held 100% control. The five member Republican council started their first official actions of 2013 by recognizing Councilman Ken Bressi for his 18 months of service as Council President, a position now held by Anne Marie Updegrave.
“Thank you for the plaque and recognition, it was my pleasure,” Bressi said. “I look forward to doing the same.” Each of the five council members thanked Mr. Bressi for his public service and dedication to the township.
Township Business Administrator Jose “Joey” Torres also thanked Bressi for his service.
“I gotta say one thing Mr. Torres, when you first came in as administrator, myself and others did not see eye to eye with you and I think you had a learning curve,” Bressi said. “In the 18 months as Council President, I could not a better business administrators to work with.”
Torres, a Democrat and former Mayor of Patterson came under intense scrutiny in 2010 when he was recommended for appointment by Mayor Mike Reina. Council members challenged the mayor on his choice, citing lack of a college degree and experience as a business administrator for their criticisms at that time.
Torres has announced he will once again run for mayor of the North Jersey city in 2014. In November, Torres was fined $17,950 by state election officials for improperly filed 2006 campaign finance reports.