FH To Vote on New Mayor Monday

February 17, 2012
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FAIR HAVEN — The governing body will select a new mayor on Monday.
The council is scheduled to meet in executive session on President’s Day at 5 p.m. According to Borough Clerk Allyson Cinquegrana, the purpose of the executive session is to conduct interviews for a new police sergeant.
The council is expected to conduct its public meeting at 8 p.m., when members of the governing body are expected to vote on a new mayor.
The six-member all-Republican council is seeking a replacement for former Mayor Michael Halfacre, who stepped down about one year into his second four-year term as mayor to accept a position with the Christie administration in Trenton.
In January, Governor Chris Christie nominated Halfacre to serve as director for the state’s Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) division. The state Senate endorsed the nomination last week.
Following Halfacre’s departure, the municipal Republican Committee, submitted three mayoral candidates for the council’s consideration. They are current council members Benjamin Lucarelli and Jonathan Peters and former council member Andrew Trocchia.
Lucarelli, who is council president, operates a property management and commercial real estate firm in Red Bank. Lucarelli was named to fill a vacancy on the council in Jan. 2009, winning a full three-year term that November.
Peters is a finance professor at the College of Staten Island and has been on the council since 2005.
Trocchia, an architect, was a council member from1991 to 1999.
Whoever wins the majority vote will serve as mayor until November when a special election will be conducted to elect a candidate to fill the remainder of the mayoral term.

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