The Manasquan Borough Council reorganized Monday night, with new members Michael Sinneck and Gregg Olivera both taking their seats at the dais to begin three-year terms.
The two new members of the governing body, both Republicans, defeated Democrats Peter S. Pappas and Michele Battista in the November general election. The pair fill the seats of outgoing Republican Councilwomen Patricia Connolly and Marilyn Jacobson.
Sinneck and Olivera were both sworn in by Assemblyman Dave Rible, R-30, with county Freeholders Gary Rich and John Curley looking on.
After the new members took the oath of office, the conversation quickly turned to Manasquan's continuing recovery from the effects of Superstorm Sandy.
"Manasquan is the town that Eileen and I fell in love with, and we're still in love with this place," said Sinneck. "I've been amazed at how our community spirit has helped us get back on our feet."
"I believe in you, and I will do my very best work on your behalf every day," he told members of the audience.
Olivera thanked his wife, Lisa, for her support, "and now it's time to get down to business," he said.
"Thanks to Sandy, the job won't be an easy one, but I'm excited to get started," said Olivera," recalling a Christmas gift his wife received of a shell painted with a beach scene that included the words, "Life is Better in Manasquan.
"I couldn't be more honored to be representing the people of a town where the artist recognized, and painted a shell, saying 'Life is Better in Manasquan.' Thanks for the opportunity, and I will serve you well."
Rible said he has been impressed with how Manasquan residents have reacted in the wake of the storm.
"Everyone says we're 'Jersey Strong,' but I don't think anyone knows how strong Manasquan is, and I think you guys are going to rebuild before anybody," Rible said.