- Mayor & Administrator
Mayor & Administrator
About the Mayor
Mayor Brad Cohen was elected to the office in November 2016. The Mayor began his public career in 2010 when he was elected to the East Brunswick Board of Education. Working with a dedicated group of Board members, he helped navigate the schools through difficult economic times in the wake of the Recession and the draconian cuts in State Aid. He was named Board President in 2014 and helped select the new Superintendent of Schools. Balancing fiscal responsibilities with massive needs in information technology, strategic planning, and infrastructure, the future Mayor chose to use his skills to improve the quality of life for all the residents of East Brunswick.
Campaign of 2016
The campaign of 2016 focused on property taxes, the abandoned Route 18 commercial corridor, and quality of life issues here in the township. Within a few months of taking office, the Mayor recruited a professional team, establish the Redevelopment Agency and Redevelopment Advisory Committee with the goal of addressing each of these needs. To date, he has spearheaded the “Shop East Brunswick” program which allows residents to obtain property tax credits for shopping in small stores in town. This has been followed by the "Estate Card" which also allows residents another option for property tax relief. After three years laying the groundwork, 2020 should see redevelopment of the old Wonder Bread Factory site and large areas of Route 18 South in the areas of the old Gap, Wiz and Loehmann’s sites. The plans call for a true "Transit Oriented Community" which will provide housing, new commercial space, a new parking deck, bus deport, hotel, medical arts complex, and community space (including the township’s first Ice Skating/Hockey Rink).
The township has employed an economic development officer to bring in new businesses and organize the business community. We have streamlined the Planning, Engineering, and Construction process in order to help move projects through faster and more efficiently. We have employed newer technology and applications to identify infrastructure needs anywhere in our 300 miles of roads.
The Mayor is a 27 year resident of East Brunswick. He is a practicing gynecologist and is part of St. Peter’s Physician Associates with an office in East Brunswick. He lives with his wife, Penny-herself a Dermatologist in Somerset. He has two children, Rachel and Daniel who are both graduates of the East Brunswick Public School System (2006 and 2008).
As a graduate of Muhlenberg College, Allentown, Pa, UMDNJ (now Rutgers) New Jersey Medical School and Rutgers Business School, the Mayor holds an MD and MBA degree. The Mayor is an active member of Congregation Bnai Tikvah, North Brunswick and East Brunswick Jewish Center here in East Brunswick.
I am thrilled to represent such a large, diverse, talented, and tolerant community. We have such an exciting opportunity to write our future and I want every resident to have been part of that success story.
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