Janine M. Cerra was named as the Hardyston Township public defender on Jan. 22.
Council members asked various questions, including how she would go about defending someone who is guilty, and what she views as the top issues seen in the area.
Cerra responded by saying that everyone deserves a good defense and “sometimes good people find themselves in bad situations. It is my job to make sure they receive the best representation.”
With regards to top issues she mentioned seeing drug and traffic related incidents in the local area.
According to her professional Facebook page, Cerra provides “legal services to the local community in real estate, construction, business matters, as well as municipal/criminal defense.”
Also, during the council meeting, Deputy Mayor Carl Miller asked residents to consider becoming a member of the Economic Development Commission.
Miller said thet commission assists with attracting and retaining business in the township. Miller said during a follow-up exchange,
“There are no special requirements except to be willing to assist in activities that attract business to the township," Miller said. Our meetings are on the second Monday of every month, and last about 1-2 hours. Interested parties should send a letter of interest to Patty Egan at the Hardyston Municipal building.”