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Maruca to Lead Toms River Council in 2014

Sevastakis sworn in as council vice president

Maria Maruca is sworn in as Toms River Township Council president by Mayor Thomas Kelaher. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
Maria Maruca is sworn in as Toms River Township Council president by Mayor Thomas Kelaher. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
Maria Maruca was unanimously elected by her colleagues to head Toms River's governing body at a meeting held Tuesday night.

Maruca, who was sworn in earlier at the same meeting to begin a fresh term on the council after a sweeping re-election in November, will be joined in her leadership by Councilman John Sevastakis, who was likewise unanimously chosen as the council's vice president.

In short remarks after the vote declaring her council president, Maruca said she would build on progress during "perhaps our hardest year ever" in 2013 recovering from Superstorm Sandy.

Maruca used what would normally be a personal speech to touch on policy issues – there are still 13 oceanfront resident holdouts who have not signed dune easements, she said – and thank township officials, including former police chief Michael Mastronardy, for their leadership after the storm.

State Assemblyman Gregory P. McGuckin, a former Toms River council member, swore in Maruca and Sevastakis, as well as council members Jeffery Carr and Alfonso Manforti, who were also re-elected to their posts in November.
bayway mike January 08, 2014 at 12:23 PM
It's like a game of musical chairs when it becomes time for the council to elect their own council president.. We just happen to live in a GOP controlled town and that won't change for generations.. They're dug in deeper that a swollen Mississippi tick!!
jasperpointpl January 08, 2014 at 04:21 PM
Martin, umm no your buddy Brush did not beat Kubiel. Brian beat him handily in Ward 2 in the Nov election. Not sure why his name was not there. Also, newsflash to Maruca Failed ward nut....Your lady in Ward 1 also lost, Maruca in for 4 years.
Shif January 09, 2014 at 06:28 AM
Maruca failed my ward That's all you have after seeing that call sign and capitalizations everywhere on the patch. Come on and give us something to read. When I saw this article I was hoping for some real fireworks


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