EDISON – Antonia Ricigliano said that her first goals as Mayor of Edison will be to reduce municipal spending, eliminate waste and protect tax money.
Ricigliano outlined her objectives after she took the oath of office to become the first woman to serve as mayor of New Jersey’s fifth largest municipality on Jan. 1.
Also taking oaths of office at the New Year’s Day ceremony were returning Councilman Robert Diehl, newly-elected council members Thomas Lankey and Charles Tomaro, and recently-appointed Councilman Robert Karabinchak.
“My first goal will be to curtail costs,” said Ricigliano, who has asked department heads to help her forge “a workable plan to eliminate waste and cut costs.”
As a first step, Ricigliano asked the Edison Township Council to rollback the mayor’s salary by 53 percent to $49,000. She also relinquished taxpayer-paid medical benefits and forfeited personal use of a township-owned vehicle.
“I cannot ask others to sacrifice unless I am willing to lead by example,” said Ricigliano.
Ricigliano renewed her pledge to not make promises to the public or to township employees that she cannot keep and to eliminate politics from Edison Town Hall.
Middlesex County Freeholder H. James Polos served as master of ceremonies at the inaugural ceremony which was attended by more than 400 people.
The ceremony featured a string interlude by Lenore Paliguin, Penny Martin, Kao Family & J.P Stevens students; a performance by Aida Gamboa and the John Adams Middle School Choir, and a solo performance by veteran Carl Fabio.
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