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Township Council Says Good-Bye To Mayor Brian Levine

Dec. 11 meeting23

Mayor Brian Levine, center, with the plaque he was given by the Township Council at Levine’s last meeting as an elected township official.


Mayor Brian Levine was honored Dec. 11 by the Township Council at what was his last meeting as a local official.

Come January 2015, Mayor Brian Levine becomes Somerset County Freeholder Brian Levine.

Levine, the lone Republican on the dais, was the township’s first directly elected mayor. He was first elected to the post in 2004.

Prior to that year, the council selected a mayor from among its ranks.

Levine began serving on the council in 1998.

With his wife, Dr. Lori Goldblatt,  and daughters Shira and Ariella looking on, Levine received a commendation and a plaque from the council, represented by Deputy Mayor Brian Regan.

Regan commended Levine and his family for what he said were the sacrifices they made for the township.

“For someone to take time out of their lives shows dedication to the township,” Regan said.

Thanking his wife and daughters, Levine said, “You can’t do this without your family.”

“I love being mayor, and I’m going to miss it here,” he said. “But I won’t be gone, I’ll be here in spirit.”

Remarking on how he worked with the Democrats on the council, Levine said, “There have been a lot of good things and a few bad things, but it was always a group effort.”

“we’ll all try and do our best and do things from our conscience,” he said. “If we do that, we’ll be on the right track.”

Levine will remain as mayor until he takes the oath of office as Freeholder in January. The township republican organization must then submit three names to the council, which will select an interim mayor until the next election.

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