Andrew Nowick was sworn in as the 39th mayor of Lambertville, at the Philip Pittore Justice Center on Jan. 4. Hunterdon County Clerk Mary Melfi officiated.
In his acceptance speech Nowick gave a nod to anthropologist Margaret Mead. When Mead was asked what the first sign of civilization was in ancient culture, she held up a healed fractured femur bone. “This healed bone shows that someone must have cared for the injured person – hunted on his behalf, brought him food, served him at personal sacrifice.” This was the first sign of human compassion.
Mayor Nowick said when he graduated from high school he did not “have a lot of promise.” It was his “true grit” and the support of communities where he lived that got him where he is today; never imagining being able to legally marry his husband and adopt their three sons.
He spoke of Lambertville’s community and the “great deal of gratitude” he has for it which brings him “joy and optimism.” He added that his aunt who was turning 101 was watching the ceremony on Zoom.
Since Lambertville purchased the Closson property, Mayor Nowick has been checking on the buildings, dating back 300 years. He said it is a metaphor for all the generations of Lambertville who have survived challenging times. Presently, “lots of healing has to happen” and political differences must be put aside to listen to individuals.
Council President Julia Taylor was also sworn in for another term. She thanked everyone and said it was “service not politics” that brings her to this job. Councilman Ward Sanders, Councilman Steven Stegman and Councilwoman Benedetta Lambert all pledged to work together in the new administration.
All agreed that the upcoming budget will be a challenge with the outstanding debt and damage from Hurricane Ida. New cannabis regulations, which could add revenue to the city, were discussed.
Nowick announced the new board and committee members and a resolution was passed to thank the retiring members. It was acknowledged by the mayor and council that none of the work could be done without the tireless efforts of Lambertville’s volunteers.