Ben Young to be Appointed Mayor Tonight

John McCarthy will also be sworn in as the committee's newest member.


A longtime committeeman will be sworn in as mayor and a newcomer will be installed as Cinnaminson Township Committee reorganizes Monday evening.

William “Ben” Young, now in his eighth year of office, will be the township’s new mayor. Anthony Minniti will again serve as the township’s deputy mayor.

John McCarthy—a newcomer who ran unopposed along with Don Brauckmann in November’s election—will be the newest member of township committee. A seat was vacated when John Rooney did not seek re-election.

Historically, the deputy mayor from the year before, Minniti, would have succeeded to mayor. With Minniti wanting to focus on redevelopment, township committee decided they would appoint Young.

“It means I’m going to be busier,” laughed Young. “As mayor, you have the responsibility of signing off on contract agreements, doing public speaking and public events. You also have the ability to help set the agenda.”

He can also perform weddings at town hall.

Cinnaminson is a committee form of government with a weak mayor, which means the mayor is a voting member just like others on the dais. The voting public each November elects township committee members. Those members appoint a mayor each year.

This will be Young’s second time as mayor. The other time was in 2008.

Young will keep his post as director of public works. A major project Young plans to continue to tackle in 2013 is flooding issues around town—namely in the East Riverton section.

“We’re trying to improve conditions there and minimize flooding conditions with sluice gates,” Young said.

Stay tuned for a more in-depth story on that next week.

Minniti, who will remain the director of economic development, said he has “very ambitious redevelopment initiatives.”

They include special improvement districts around town, possibly making two other parts of Route 130 a redevelopment zone, and finally, start the process of naming Cinnaminson’s industrial area as a redevelopment district.

By naming areas as redevelopment districts, “it gives us access to all sorts of incentives and tools that can make developing these areas more attractive to developers,” Minniti said.

Stay turned for a more in-depth story on redevelopment next week.

Brauckmann will again be the director of parks and recreation. This year, health and senior services are added to those duties. His efforts will be focused on continuing to update the town’s parks and also, developing more activities and input from senior citizens, Brauckmann said.

McCarthy will assume Rooney’s former role as director of public safety, and work with the Cinnaminson Police Department.

Kathy Fitzpatrick will again be the director of administration. That role should prove to be a bigger one this year since the township now has the positions of chief financial officer and administrator nailed down. Plus, the department of community development is in place.

Richard Strobel will swear in both Brauckmann and McCarthy. Brad Smith will swear in Young as mayor. Burlington County Freeholder Joseph Donnelly will swear in Minniti.

Cinnaminson’s 153rd reorganization meeting is open to the public and will be held at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 7, at the township municipal building.

FbS January 05, 2013 at 02:13 PM
congrats guys!
John January 05, 2013 at 06:21 PM
All I did was repeat from other comments made from other articles.....its really ashame that people who ask questions get the third degree from SOME of the people who are always stating things and they are not deleted.....oh well there is nothing we can do about it, just like the leaves that blow around town.....and the dog walkers who let there dogs crap on the lawns....have a great time and good year
Brian F January 05, 2013 at 07:35 PM
After reading this article, the line that jumped out at me was "Cinnaminson is a committee form of government with a weak mayor". Kind of says it all in my opinion, not much of a choice though lol. And why do they always put the new guy in charge of the Police Department? Then they suddenly think they know everything about Law Enforcement and how to run a PD. Hopefully Mr. McCarthy will understand his role. Good luck to all.
Bill O'Connor January 05, 2013 at 08:20 PM
Congratulations Ben on the upcoming appointment. You will do well. By this set-up, it appears that this may be your last term. It appears that Mr. Minniti will be in line to be Mayor in 2014 when he is up for re-election.
Bill O'Connor January 05, 2013 at 08:31 PM
John Rooney thank you for your three years of service in government and the many years of service in our various sports program. To outgoing Mayor Brauckmann, thank you for your service as our 2012 Mayor.
Mic January 06, 2013 at 02:28 AM
Christina great job on this article. I couldn't have said it better "weak mayor" I pray the day we get a competent one! Until then we all must roll with the punches.
Christina Paciolla (Editor) January 06, 2013 at 02:40 AM
So I'll say this again here just as a reminder. All stories are set on moderation mode. That means comments must be approved by an editor (myself or our regional editor or associate regional editor) before they show up on a story. We will only reject a comment if it violates our terms of service in any way. This was done because there has been entirely too much violation that has seen the light of day on the comments' section for too long. If comments aren't put up right away, it just means we're busy. No one is deleting comments or censoring anything. Any questions? Email me at christina.paciolla@patch.com.
Billy Pilgrim January 06, 2013 at 03:04 AM
@Mic I do not believe that the term "weak mayor" was used editorially. I would guess that the term was used as that is the form of government that is utilized in the Township of Cinnaminson.
Christina Paciolla (Editor) January 06, 2013 at 05:48 AM
Billy is correct. That's not an editorial term. It's a term used for a committee form of government. In other types of government, for example, a mayor has more power over the committee. He or she sometimes doesn't vote on ordinances. The mayor in Cinnaminson does. He or she is just as "powerful" as other members of township committee. Maybe Bill O'Conner or someone else wants to weigh in to better explain?
Committeeman Anthony Minniti January 06, 2013 at 12:51 PM
"Strong" vs "Weak" Mayor is largely a term of art. By some definitions, a Mayor elected separately from council/committee, by the voters, who has power of appointment, hiring, and veto is considered "strong". Conversely, since the Mayor works apart from council and can be "checked" by that body, they are often defined as "weak". In Cinnaminson's form of government, (Township Committee), the Mayor has some powers of appointment separate from Committee, as well as the authority to perform marriages, set agendas, and moderate meetings. That would make our Mayor a hybrid form if we were using common "strong" vs "weak" definitions. That said, a Mayor elected by a majority of a sitting committee is commonly considered "strong", because from a policy standpoint, they are working with a majority "plus one" (themselves). Christina is correct in noting that the Mayor in our form of government only has one vote like the balance of the Committee and has no power of veto in adopting ordinances or resolutions,or authority to approve hires.In that regard, you could say Cinnaminson's Mayor fits the common definition of "weak". Ultimately, "weak" vs "strong" is largely subjective.In all forms of government, the position of Mayor has certain defined powers & responsibilities that set them apart from their fellow colleagues.The term "strong" or "weak" is more perception than definition.All Mayors are in a position of authority & respect in that they serve as the face of their community
John January 06, 2013 at 05:10 PM
To all the people that wished everyone good luck in the coming year, we should include ourself in that tooo....Nothing has changed in the last several years, taxes go up, we need new schools, people make comments about questions and some get deleted.....All the houses in the surrounding areas have gone down in value but our assessed value has always gone up therefore we are paying more taxes than we should....Its amazing how this works....people put out leaves 3 weeks before there pick up date and than make comments about the public works dept....The banks own vacant houses and they do not take care of the yard, nor do they do anything with the house, vacant business on 130 are an eye sore but the township buys up the property at tax payers expense....I guess we are in for more of the same in 2013, Have a happy year when the tax bills come out.....
Maury January 06, 2013 at 05:54 PM
So nothing has changed in the last several years? Taxes go up, that's true yes. We need new schools. That makes perfect sense. TIME has gone by... People make comments and questions get deleted? You're complaining about a post of yours not getting on Patch? That's a problem our county and town is facing?? You obviously are because Christina took to the page to say why posts aren't getting deleted, because they are violating our terms of service. You are complaining about Patch's comment section on a story about country reorganization? Are you serious? John, you are asking questions on the comments section of an online newspaper. If you want real answers, why don't you call the township or go to township meetings? You're complaining that people are making comments about public works? This is a problem? I agree with you on maintaining property but what vacant businesses are the eyesores? I'm not "Rah Rah Cinnaminson Town Committee", but I see new businesses opening everywhere. I see the go kart place, I see Sonic, I see the teddy bear shop, I see the gym. Of course I still see Acme vacant and the former Gold's gym, but I see the new medical center going where Hollywood Video was. I also read the story Christina writes about new places. Maybe you should too John. You are entitled to your opinion and can comment however you'd like but when it doesn't make sense and it's not valid, well, then it doesn't mean anything.
Maury January 06, 2013 at 05:54 PM
Thank you for the explanation Mr. Minniti.
Ric January 06, 2013 at 06:17 PM
@Maury, are you the editor or something at Patch? You must admit, it is kind of funny reading your comments taking issue over John taking issue. Are you the only allowed to take issue?
John January 06, 2013 at 06:52 PM
@Maury, No I am not at issue with someone deleting comments that attack people but I do think that some of the comments that are deleted do not say anything mean....I have been reading the comments and there are alot from Christie and the 9 million we are getting, I wonder why some of those comments were not deleted....there is nothing we can do about people walking there dogs and letting them crap on the lawns, there is nothing we can do about speeders on willow and other roads, and there is nothing we can do about vacant business on route 130 and yes we have seen some new ones.....examples, Triboro site, Woks, the gas station next to shell to name some of the empties ones.....I guess the township is going to purchase these also.....Some people are saying that the Motels should be gone tooo b/c they bring in bad elements.....Where do we draw the line....I do not know the answers but asking questions is not wrong is it?? happy new year...
John January 06, 2013 at 07:00 PM
@Maury, one more topic, I did make a comment on the ad that they were selling a house for 199,900 and I said at the time what is the assessed value of said 255,000 property and U responded that did not make sense.....so here is my question.....we are taxed on supposedly MARKET VALUE of the property not what the assessor says is the price....I guess that why we are paying him money to reassess the values now...
Bobby B January 06, 2013 at 07:29 PM
Maybe the reason they put the new guy in charge of the police department lately is because there is finally a competent boss over there in Director Mickey King running the place so it’s a good place for him to settle in and learn the ropes. I hear the officers over there say the pd has never been a better place to work. Good luck Mr. McCarthy and the rest.
Maury January 06, 2013 at 07:46 PM
Ric, now you know I'm not the editor of this web site. What do you mean am I the only one allowed to take issue? No I'm not and I never said that so that's moot.
Maury January 06, 2013 at 07:49 PM
Well, Christina has written about the Triboro site and how someone bought it. Bo's Wok I'm assuming is the "Woks" you are talking about and yes, that closed this year and no one bought it. And of course there are empty locations. But new places come in monthly so I'm not sure why you're harping on the old ones still left and not the new ones coming in. Also, as far as I know, the township bought ONE empty building. And you're talking about all the eyesores along Route 130. If the township bought an eyesore-a vacant building-and are going to knock it down, how is that a BAD thing......? Asking questions is not wrong but who in the heck are you asking them to? I mean people have good banter and conversation back and forth but who in the heck are you looking for answers from??
John January 06, 2013 at 07:49 PM
I just love the delete button. I guess its ok not to answer questions....oh well such is life....
Deanna January 06, 2013 at 08:49 PM
@ dapajoe75. I agree with the majority of your post but don’t forget that people who support or defend the township also have a right to their opinion too. What I see more often is people attacking anyone who says something positive in mob-like fashion because they want to control the comment section. I like your New Year’s resolution but meanwhile, I wish Patch would consider my suggestion. Patch should make everyone sign in using their facebook account. This would fix the problem of the out of control comment section instantly. Guaranteed!
Billy Pilgrim January 06, 2013 at 09:16 PM
@John, I've seen several posts where you have mentioned that you are paying taxes on more than the market value of your house. Have you tried to appeal your assessment? It is very easy to do and the county is always very fair. The obligation to keep up on the market value rests with the property owner. The town reassesses every so often, but every year property values rise or fall. I have appealed (successfully) almost every year. If you have not done that, then by all means I think that you are paying too much, but that is certainly not the town's fault.
Billy Pilgrim January 06, 2013 at 09:20 PM
Thank you, Committeeman Minniti. Thanks for checking in and giving a broader sense of how our town operates. Much appreciated.
John January 07, 2013 at 01:31 AM
@Billy, I make the comments about the tax system to let all who owns a house that there assessed value maybe higher than the market value....Yes I have said that alot and the route 130 highway is full of business from camden all the way to bordentown so its not just our little area thats looks bad....just food for thought.....When my wife passed away I did go to the assessor for an appeal...Now we are going to pay him to do the job, I think 200,000 dollars, I could be wrong...
FbS January 07, 2013 at 02:10 AM
Yes it would Deanna!!! Im in total agreement..
Billy Pilgrim January 07, 2013 at 02:24 AM
@John, Deepest condolences on your loss. I am sure that losing her has been difficult. The cost for reassessing you house should cost you no more than the cost for filing to the county. Honestly it's a piece of cake. You file up at Mt. Holly and give a copy to Cinnaminson. Include some sales comps that happened recently to demonstrate the current market value and show up to the hearing date. This year, the town offered a settlement number that I accepted that was higher than what I asked for, but was probably accurate for my home value. Accepting the offer made it so I didn't have to show up to the hearing. It was very painless and cost whatever the filing fee was. The filing fee for a home valued between $150,000 and $500,000 is $25.
John January 07, 2013 at 02:46 AM
Yes U would be in total agreement....So would I and when there is something positive to say I do but if you read other articles there are alot of them that are not subject to the same policy....I do not think there is an out of control comment section, Guaranteed
Me January 07, 2013 at 03:58 AM
YES Patch, you should make everyone be accountable for their comments, or would that take away from the "debating" on this website? I know many people, including myself sign on here to read the B.S. and the bickering, and I have to admit it's kind of funny. Anonymously, anyone can say that Frank is an idiot, Maury is a Dweeb, and Committeeman Minitte is a moron, but perhaps they would not say that under their real name. But seriously, two comments above reference the line "weak" Mayor and anyone with a brain knows exactly what they meant, yet Committeeman Minitte thinks we all need an explanation? Now that's funny :-)
Christina Paciolla (Editor) January 07, 2013 at 04:34 AM
Well, like I mentioned, AOL and Patch are working on improving the commenting section. It's rare that a media outlet exclusively uses Facebook to log in. I actually don't know of any that do. To combat this, every comment on every item is moderated before it goes up. I used to do it on certain stories but now it's on everything. However with your example of "weak" mayor, two people commented and stated they didn't know what it meant. I'm glad Deputy Mayor Minniti explained it. I would say 90 percent of the population does not understand Cinnaminson's type of government.
John January 07, 2013 at 04:40 PM
@Christina, yes, I agree with that, I at times scratch my head to think about our way of doing things, thanks for all U do....have a good year...


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