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Trenton Mayor Reed Gusciora, center, is sworn in for a a second term on January 1, 2023. (Photo: City of Trenton).

Gusciora, four councilmembers, take office in Trenton

City Council will not elect a permanent Council President until January 24 at-large runoff winners are certified in February

By David Wildstein, January 01 2023 5:43 pm

Reed Gusciora was sworn in today to his second term as mayor of Trenton after winning re-election with a landslide 71% of the vote on November 8.

Also taking office today were four ward members of the city council: incumbent Joseph Harrison in the East Ward, and newcomers Teska Frisby (West Ward), Jenna Figueroa Kettenburg (South Ward), and Jennifer Williams (North Ward).  This marks an end to a four-year period where a series of racist, homophobic and anti-Semitic statements contributed to Trenton becoming the most dysfunctional city council in the state.  

The city council will meet on Tuesday to choose a temporary council president and will wait until the results of the January 24 runoff election are certified next month to elect permanent leadership. 

“We are united by our belief that Trenton’s brightest days are ahead. We all believe that the only way to move forward is together,” Gusciora said. “We all know that change, revitalization, and new beginnings are coming to the Capital City. I look forward to working with the newly elected Trenton City Council.

The council will meet again on Thursday.

In an election that was not certified until December 30, Williams won the North Ward runoff by one vote.  Her opponent, Algernon Ward, Jr., has filed for a recount. 

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