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Somerset County: Levine Honored by NJ Conference of Mayors

Freeholder Brian D. Levine was named Freeholder of the Year by the New Jersey Conference of Mayors at its annual conference.

Post Date: 05/12/2017 4:11 PM
showimageSomerset County Freeholder Brian D. Levine has been named Freeholder of the Year by the New Jersey Conference of Mayors. The organization’s executive officers presented the award during their recent annual conference, citing the former Franklin Township mayor’s efforts as a dedicated public servant. 

“I feel honored – and humbled – to receive this recognition,” said Freeholder Levine. “I love meeting all of the people and constituents in Somerset County and around New Jersey. I take my responsibilities to heart and provide service not for any recognition, but because I feel I am doing the right thing. I am happy to hear feedback from those who disagree with me. I will continue to strive to live up to the expectations of our residents.

“I think the recognition came due to my work over the years in Franklin, Somerset County and New Jersey in the areas of public safety, housing, finance, human services and constituent service,” he said. “In addition, I have been active in the New Jersey Conference of Mayors around the state – it is a great organization that helps mayors on a bipartisan basis for the benefit of our citizenry.”

Freeholder Levine has been in public service since 1998.  He has been a freeholder since 2015, served on the Franklin Township Council from 1998 to 2003, and was Franklin Township mayor from 2004 to 2014. Currently he is the county human services chairman and is liaison to numerous committees, including the Local Advisory Council on Alcoholism & Drug Abuse, Board of Social Services, County Alliance Steering Subcommittee, Cultural Diversity Coalition, Cultural & Heritage Commission, Rutgers Cooperative Extension Advisory Board and Youth Services Commission.

He is an alternate liaison to the Joint Insurance Fund, New Jersey Association of Counties, Richard Hall Community Mental Health Center Community Advisory Council and the Greater Raritan Workforce Development Board.

NJCM Executive Director John Morrissey said Levine was selected to receive the award by the NJCM Executive Board from a pool of distinguished freeholders from throughout the state. “Brian is very deserving of this award due to his outstanding constituent service and his contributions to the numerous boards and commissions on which he sits,” Morrissey said. “He was also a dedicated member of the NJCM when he served as mayor of Franklin Township and we remember the important contributions he made to our organization during that time.”