Monday’s vote to authorize the study of six potential redevelopment areas drew the biggest crowd to a City Council meeting in recent memory as well as the biggest split among the governing body and administration in several years.
Although results nationwide were not yet decisive, Democrat Hillary Clinton easily and not surprisingly carried most of Rahway, losing only one voting district to Republican Donald Trump.
About two dozen people spoke before City Council on Monday night, drawing one of the largest crowds to a public hearing in recent memory, for an ordinance to expand the Special Improvement District (SID), including supporters, opponents and others pleading for more information and time to consider the impact.
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The City Council appointed Raymond Giacobbe, Jr. to the 6th Ward City Council seat vacated by Samson Steinman after he was appointed interim mayor.
The governing body unanimously approved the appointment at a special meeting tonight by a vote of 6-0, with Councilman Robert Bresenhan and Nancy Saliga absent. The Democratic Committee met earlier to present three nominees to the City Council. In addition to Giacobbe, the two other nominees were William Rack, chairman of the Redevelopment Agency, and Sally O’Brien.
Giacobbe, 34, is co-owner of Power & Fitness Health Club on St. Georges Avenue. He takes over the 6th Ward seat that originally was won by Steinman in 2012. The remaining two years of the term up for election in November 2014, at the same time that the mayor’s seat and three at-large seats will be up in their regular rotation. He is a third-generation Rahway family in Rahway and his grandfather, Rafael “Ray” Giacobbe served on the City Council in 1960s, according to former Mayor James Kennedy.
The 6th Ward covers the Milton Lake neighborhood as well as the area around the high school on Madison Avenue. For a look at boundaries, check out this wicked awesome map.