CAPE MAY – Cape May City welcomed in 2015 with a holiday reorganization of council before a full house of almost 100 residents. In November voters elected three new council members. This represents a potential new majority on a body that in the past year almost always acted unanimously on policy issues and community initiatives.
The first to be sworn was Jerome “Jerry” Inderwies, Jr. who only recently stepped down from his position as the city’s fire chief and who is the son of former Mayor Jerome Inderwies. The former mayor watched as his son took the oath. Inderwies assumed his seat on the council pushing “fresh ideas, positive attitude and teamwork” as the keys to future success.
Beatrice Pessagno was the next member sworn. She also is the daughter of a former mayor, Frank Gauvry who passed away in 2011 and is largely credited with the initial development of the Washington Street Mall. In her comments, Pessagno recalled sitting in the balcony at City Hall as a 15-year-old watching her father argue for the creation of the now-successful mall. Pessagno also accepted appointment as council member on the Business Improvement District Board.
Then Shane Meier was sworn. Meier, who ran twice previously for council and fell just short of election, found the third time the charm. At 28, Meier, by far the youngest member, brings a different generational perspective to the body. Crediting his mother with instilling in him a strong sense of public service at a young age, Meier served on many civic and community boards as he continued to seek election to council. Meier was also appointed council member on the Planning Board.
Saturday, January 3, 2015
New Blood on Cape May City Council
With three new members on the Cape May City Council, those who love Cape May have hopes that the leadership will be open to new ideas. Good article in the Herald HERE, including this summary of the new members: