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Council: Goldfarb Should Have Place on Consolidation Transition Team

At the most recent meeting of the Borough Council, council members expressed condolences to longtime Councilman David Goldfarb for his loss in the borough Democratic mayoral primary and some said he should have a role in the consolidation of the two Princetons if voters approve a November referendum.

“The council is losing someone who is constructive and thoughtful, and as a result the borough is suffering a loss,” said fellow longtime Councilman Roger Martindell.

“I hope David will come back and contribute to the municipality the same way he has contributed over the last 20 years,” Martindell said. “My recommendation is, if there is consolidation next year, David’s insight in to how government operates, particularly from a borough point of view , will be valuable in any transition.”

Martindell said he hopes Goldfarb will make himself available and be offered a role to help with the transition, such as serving on a transition committee.

Goldfarb said he woudl be happy to serve on a transition committee if consolidation passes and the mayor appoints him to one next year.
“I will be here until the end of December,” Goldfarb said. “There is a  lot for us to do until the end of the year.”

Goldfarb has served on the council for more than two decades. He decided to run for mayor after Mildred Trotman announced she would not seek reelection. The borough form of government has an elected mayor and six council members. Goldfarb’s council term expires at the end of the year, and he chose to run for mayor rather than running for his council seat again. Fellow Democrats Barbara Trelstad and Heather Howard ran unopposed in the Democratic primary for the two three-year terms available on council.

Princeton native Yina Moore defeated Goldfarb in the primary by a margin of two to one. She will face Republican Jill Jachera in the November general election.

Krystal Knapp

Krystal Knapp is the founding editor of Planet Princeton. She can be reached via email at editor AT planetprinceton.com. Send all letters to the editor and press releases to that email address.

  • Melvyn King

    I was stunned and saddened to read of Bart’s death. He always seemed so alive when I saw him. He mentored me through the two best years of my school days. I will always remember him as one of the best of us.

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