State of the City set for Feb. 6 at arts center

The 2015 State of the City address is planned for Friday, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. in Union County Performing Arts Center, 1601 Irving St.  The snow date is Feb. 13.

Mayor Samson Steinman will be inaugurated to his first full, four-year term, while running mates for Council At-large, incumbent James Baker, and Jeremy Mojica and Joanna Miles, will be sworn in, along with 6th Ward Councilman Raymond Giacobbe, Jr.

Historically, the State of the City has been delivered at the City Council’s organization meeting, the first meeting of the new year (which was held Jan. 5). Last year, the State of the City was delivered in late February at Hamilton Stage after being postponed a couple of times due to snow.

Among the initiatives announced by the mayor at last year’s State of the City were plans to renovate Rahway River Park to include an athletic field for use by Rahway High School as well as renovations at other parks in the city; an upgrade of the city’s website and development of a mobile app; creation of an AM radio station for the city to provide information at critical times; and a new arts festival.

Steinman in November won a four-year term, defeating Republican Patrick Cassio and Independent Renee Bridges Thrash. In September 2013, the former 6th Ward councilman was appointed interim mayor to completed the 15 months remaining on the term of former Mayor Rick Proctor, who resigned.

Giacobbe was tapped to fill Steinman’s 6th Ward seat until a special election was held this past November for the remaining two years on that term. He defeated John Koenig while the Democrats ran unopposed for the three At-large council seats.

Democrats hold all nine seats on City Council.