I didn't attend Middletown's Reorganization day earlier this morning, I felt it was more important to get the outside Christmas decorations put away while there was a break in the weather and the temperature out was rather mild. Furthermore, the only real reason to go to one of these organizational meetings is to find out who would be appointed as Mayor & Deputy Mayor for the new year. Usually there isn't much drama that goes along with that, those that are up for reelection are chosen to fill these rolls.
This year was no different but I was very slightly surprised to hear that Stephanie Murray was reappointed Mayor over Steve Massell, who was appointed Deputy Mayor instead. After all, Massell is the lone candidate up for reelection this year. I suppose the reason behind Massell not being appointed Mayor is that he has very little charisma and seldom has an original thought or word to share from the dais at Township Committee meetings. I hear Gerry Scharfenberger made a comment after Massell was appointed deputy mayor to the effect that Massell is the only one on the Township Committee that no one in town seems to dislike.
Well, I would venture to say that's because you can't dislike someone who's not confrontational and never speaks or voices an opinion - other than to agree with others on the dais.
I was also told that the Reorg meeting was parsley attended this year. In years past, the court room at Town Hall was always jammed packed and overflowing with volunteers (and their families) waiting to be sworn in for positions on various boards and commissions and numerous partisan spectators looking to show their loyalty and support for the status quo. This year for some reason, many did not show up. I guess I'll have to wait to see the video that was taken of the day to see for myself just how empty the room was.
Maybe like myself, they just had other things that where more important or pressing to do than wasting 2 hours of my life at a meeting that we've all seemed to have been at before.