Video: Mayor talks traffic, taxes and inclusion as third term begins

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Municipal reorganizations tend to be hum-drum affairs. A few oaths-of-office, some routine reappointments, and then everyone returns home to recover from the holidays.

But New Year’s Day 2018 was busy in Morristown.

Sen. Cory Booker brought his star power to the proceedings. The town’s first Hispanic councilman, David Silva, took office. New town Clerk Margot Kaye got her feet wet. Former Councilwoman Michelle Duprée Harris was honored for nearly 20 years of service.

Oh yes, and Mayor Tim Dougherty set sail on his third term.

Dougherty, who seldom gets upstaged, weighed in with a reflection on his first eight years at the helm. He spoke most passionately about his efforts to unify a town where he said divisive political rhetoric once prevailed.

Moving forward, he promised vigorous pursuit of traffic improvements and “smart” growth, along with continued emphasis on diversity and inclusion.

Check out video of his speech, above.

Mayor Tim Dougherty starts third term, at Morristown reorganization meeting, New Year's Day 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Mayor Tim Dougherty starts third term, at Morristown reorganization meeting, New Year’s Day 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Sen. Cory Booker swears in Mayor Tim Dougherty to third term, at Morristown reorganization meeting, New Year's Day 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Sen. Cory Booker swears in Mayor Tim Dougherty to third term, at Morristown reorganization meeting, New Year’s Day 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Morristown Mayor Tim Dougherty, starting his third term, and First Lady Mary Dougherty at Morristown reorganization meeting, New Year's Day 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Morristown Mayor Tim Dougherty, starting his third term, and First Lady Mary Dougherty at Morristown reorganization meeting, New Year’s Day 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Mayor Tim Dougherty presents plaque to former Councilwoman Michelle Duprée Harris at Morristown reorganization meeting, New Year's Day 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Mayor Tim Dougherty presents plaque to former Councilwoman Michelle Duprée Harris, his primary opponent last year, at Morristown reorganization meeting, New Year’s Day 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

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1 COMMENT

  1. Agree with the Mayor. Traffic continues to be a major problem.

    Implementing necessary changes should be a top priority as ongoing construction of new projects promises to create even more problems in the year to come.

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