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Lischin appointed to Northfield City Council

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Posted: Thursday, December 11, 2014 11:35 am

NORTHFIELD — City Council has chosen real estate agent Jeff Lischin to replace Erland Chau representing the city’s 1st Ward after Chau was elected mayor in November.

Lischin, 45, and his wife, Margot, have two children who attend Northfield Community Middle School. He will serve until November, when he would have to seek re-election to the final year of the unexpired term. The winner of that election would serve until Dec. 31, 2016, when the victor in the 2016 election assumes the seat for a full three-year term.

Chau, 62, also would have to run for re-election in November 2015 for a full four-year term, as he just won the final year of the unexpired term of former Mayor Vince Mazzeo, who was elected to the state Assembly.

Councilman Cliff Murray, who just won an unexpired term representing the 1st Ward, also would have to seek re-election in 2015. His term expires Dec. 31 of that year.

Lischin was among three candidates selected by the Northfield Republican Club and approved by the Republican County Committee. The other two were Northfield Board of Education member Mark Bruno and Mainland Regional High School Board of Education member Maggi Siegel.

City Council voted during a special meeting Monday, Dec. 8, to appoint Lischin, who was then sworn in to the seat.

Lischin is a boker/sales associated with Coldwell Banker Casa Bella Realtors of Linwood. He studied commerce and engineering at Drexel University after graduating from Atlantic City High School.

Lischin, who grew up in Ventnor, has lived in Northfield for nine years. He has been involved in the Northfield Little League and as a volunteer with the Family Association of Northfield.

He has no experience in politics other than running unsuccessfully as a write-in candidate for a Board of Education seat last year, but said he has been interested in politics on the local and national levels for years.

“When the seat became available, I talked to a few people about putting my name in the hat and helping Northfield,” he said. “I am impressed with how council has been run in the recent past and wanted to be a part of it.”

Lischin said he would be more of an observer in the beginning until he learns how things work and that he is going in with an open mind.

Among his first votes will be whether to change the zoning of a large parcel off Cresson Avenue where Max Gurwicz & Sons hopes to build a 265-unit rental housing complex that would include 40 affordable units. The city needs about 190 units to fulfill its requirements with the Council On Affordable Housing.

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