Mayor Brad Cohen
Mayor Brad Cohen was elected to the office in November 2016. The Mayor began his public career in 2010 when he was elected to the East Brunswick Board of Education. Working with a dedicated group of Board members, he helped navigate the schools through difficult economic times in the wake of the Recession and the draconian cuts in State Aid. He was named Board President in 2014 and helped select the new Superintendent of Schools. Balancing fiscal responsibilities with massive needs in information technology, strategic planning, and infrastructure, the future Mayor chose to use his skills to improve the quality of life for all the resident of East Brunswick.
The campaign of 2016 focused on property taxes, the abandoned Route 18 commercial corridor, and quality of life issues here in the township. Within a few months, the Mayor has recruited a professional team with the goal of addressing each of these needs. To date, he has spearheaded the “Shop East Brunswick” program which allows residents to obtain property tax credits for shopping in small stores in town. This has been followed by the “Estate Card” which also allows residents another option for property tax relief. There has been significant progress in defining areas in need of redevelopment on Route 18, and there are active talks regarding developing and implementing a “transit center” approach to the corridor.
The township has employed an economic development officer to bring in new businesses and organize the business community. The Township has streamlined the Planning, Engineering, and Construction process in order to help move projects through faster and more efficiently. The Township has employed newer technology and applications to identify infrastructure needs anywhere in our 300 miles of roads.
The Mayor is a 25 year resident of East Brunswick and is a practicing gynecologist with an office in neighboring Old Bridge Township. He lives with his wife, Penny-herself a Dermatologist in Somerset. He has two children, Rachel and Daniel who are both graduates of the East Brunswick Public School System (2006 and 2008).
As a graduate of Muhlenberg College, Allentown, Pa, UMDNJ (now Rutgers) New Jersey Medical School and Rutgers Business School, the Mayor holds an MD and MBA degree. The Mayor is an active member of Congregation Bnai Tikvah, North Brunswick and East Brunswick Jewish Center here in East Brunswick.
“I am thrilled to represent such a large, diverse, talented, and tolerant community. We have such an exciting opportunity to write our future and I want every resident to have been part of that success story.”
Councilwoman Camille Clark
A resident of East Brunswick since 1984, Councilwoman Clark began serving on the Township Council in 2010. In addition to serving on Council, she has participated in, or currently participates on the following Boards and Advisory Committees: Water and Sewer Advisory Committee; Middlesex County Housing and Community Development; Commuter Parking Advisory Committee (CPAC); Cable Television and Telecommunications Advisory Committee; Planning Board; Recreation and Parks Advisory Committee Municipal Emergency Management Council.
Councilwoman Clark stated that her goals remain the same as when she first took office 9 years ago. They are to use shared services and other cost sharing reduction methods to reduce the tax burden of our residents; to open communication and dialogue with the public; and to continue to serve in government with a spirit of sharing of ideas, a generosity of spirit and a willingness to cooperate.
Her other civic activities included serving as a Board member of the Friends of the Library until her election and serving as an instructor for St. Bartholomew’s religious education program. She is an active participant in the Presidents Streets Neighborhood Watch where she resides with her two dogs.
Councilman Sterley Stanley
Known as a community leader and expert in the financial sector, Councilman Sterley Stanley, who was elected in 2016, proudly represents the township of East Brunswick.
As a councilmember, Sterley is extremely active in East Brunswick. He regularly writes columns for TAPinto East Brunswick, which highlights important information on jobs, the community and other related topics for residents. He also serves on the newly launched East Brunswick Redevelopment Commission.
Sterley spends his time focusing on giving back to the community through various outreach programs that benefit those living in East Brunswick.
Sterley lives in East Brunswick with his wife and their three children.
Councilman Dr. Michael Spadafino
Councilman Dr. Michael Spadafino has been a resident of East Brunswick for 50 years. He
is a graduate of East Brunswick High School and has practiced chiropractic medicine here for 30 years.
While Spadafino’s higher educational pursuits took him to the University of Northern Colorado and Palmer College in Iowa, he knew he wanted to come back to East Brunswick to make a life.
Currently in his second term with the town council, Spadafino is an active member of the Knights of Columbus and has also coached football and track at the high school.
Spadafino and his wife, Kathleen, a retired music teacher, are proud to call East Brunswick home. Their three children are all graduates of East Brunswick High School.
Councilman Jim Wendell
Councilman Jim Wendell has been a lifelong resident of East Brunswick, having moved here with his family in 1970.
Because of the outstanding experiences had during his own childhood the councilman, and his wife, Barbara, felt East Brunswick would be the best place to raise their own family. Jim and Barbara have two boys: Matthew, 19, a sophomore at Marymount University; and Jimmy, 25, a graduate of Marymount University, who is employed an JP Morgan in Jersey City, and a homeowner in East Brunswick as well.
Being raised in East Brunswick, and being of product of the East Brunswick School system, has allowed Councilman Wendell to participate in a great many of the programs and services during his childhood, and then as well experiencing many similar programs with his own children.
Jim has been involved with the St. Barts Buffalos Youth Football and Cheer program, having played there as a child, and serving on their board of directors for the past 20 years, and the past eight years as their president.
Jim also was board member and past president of the Blackhawks Youth Lacrosse program here in town, coached with the EB Soccer Club and EBBL youth baseball. Jim has also been involved in many of the school booster clubs, and an active supporter of the East Brunswick Education Foundation, and Jim was also a volunteer firefighter with the Brookview Volunteer Fire Co. and the East Brunswick District #1 Fire Co.
Councilman Wendell has served on Council for the past eight years, and during that time, also served on the planning board for six of those years and the recreation Parks Advisory Board for two years.
In addition to that, Mayor Cohen appointed Councilman Wendell to Lead the newly formed East Brunswick Redevelopment Agency. In his professional career, Jim is Vice President of Construction for Waypoint Residential LLC, a national construction/development company and has been involved with many successful projects throughout the region and the country.