New Princeton Government Swearing-In and Celebration

Jan 1 2013 11:00 am

Please join together to celebrate the Consolidation of Princeton

January 1, 2013
11 a.m. to Noon
Formal Remarks at 11:15 a.m.
Municipal Building at 400 Witherspoon Street, Princeton

Enjoy “Consoli-Cake” & refreshments
Thank the administration, staff, committees, boards, & commissions Tour the municipal building & ask questions
Meet the new Mayor & Council
Visit with old & new friends
Enter to win a “Princeton’s Best Basket”!

All Welcome. No RSVP Necessary.

The swearing-in ceremony of the newly elected officials will follow at 12 noon 

To be followed by a reception hosted by the PCDO with food and beverages (starting approx 1pm) at Mercer Engine Company #3 community room, at 363 Witherspoon Street.

All Princeton residents are invited to join the PCDO in celebrating the swearing in of the new mayor and council members



Here are selected web sites where you can stay involved. This is by no means comprehensive … just a quick start. If you know of others, please contact us, and we will post them on the PCDO website (



Even if you’re not a union member, you can join Working America and lobby for policies that will benefit all working families.

The current campaign “Protect Our Future” is focused on the current lame duck session and negotiations about the so-called “fiscal cliff.”

The home page ( features a campaign to “remind President Obama what we just voted for.”

There are local chapters, including the Mid-Jersey MoveOn Council.

Just enter your zip code into the search box (on several pages at the site, including )

Daily Kos blog (

Great way to keep up with progressive views and actions. You can sign up for their “action alert” e-mails.

Coalition for Peace Action

Based in Princeton (local affiliate of national Peace Action):

While often focused on matters of war and peace (and limiting the defense budget), also involved in actions regarding economic justice and voting integrity.

Progressive Democrats of America (PDA):

Some local folks are involved, but haven't found any local chapter page … will post link once I have one


And of course, becoming a member of the Princeton Community Democratic Organization (PCDO) is a great way to get involved via the largest and most active Democratic club in NJ.

Join at


Presidential Historian Fred Greenstein at PCDO's November 18 Meeting

Nov 18 2012 7:30 pm

Prominent presidential historian Fred Greenstein will be the featured speaker at the PCDO post-election general membership meeting scheduled for Sunday November 18 at 7:30 pm at the Suzanne Patterson Center, 45 Stockton Street, Princeton. Greenstein, a Professor of Politics emeritus at Princeton University, has written extensively on the presidential qualities that have served well and poorly in the Oval Office. His books include The Presidential Difference: Leadership Style from FDR to Barack Obama; The Hidden-Hand Presidency: Eisenhower as Leader;  Inventing the Job of President:  Leadership Style from George Washington to Andrew Jackson; and How Presidents Test Reality: Decisions on Vietnam, 1954 and 1965.

Greenstein’s talk for the November 18 meeting is titled “Barack Obama: What Makes Him Tick?” The organization invited Greenstein to speak right after the election to consider the prospects for the second term of Obama's presidency, in light of the history of presidential second terms, Obama's personality and leadership style, and the unique circumstances of today. "PCDO members will be especially interested in Professor Greenstein's insights into what kinds of actions we as citizens can take encourage President Obama to fight for us, even in the face of ongoing political conflict and obstruction" said PCDO President Dan Preston.

The meeting  is free and open to the public and the press.   A moderated question and answer session will follow the talk.

President Obama at 2012 State of Union; Professor Fred I. Greenstein

Princeton Elects Democrats to Lead the New Town

On Tuesday, November 6, 2012, voters elected Liz Lempert as Mayor of the new consolidated Princeton. The voters chose Jo Butler, Jenny Crumiller, Heather Howard, Lance Liverman, Bernie Miller and Patrick Simon for the new 6-member Council.

Voter turnout in Princeton was strong, despite the difficulties in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

Unofficial results via the Mercer County Clerk's office (note: Numbers do not include vote by mail or provisional ballots, and the results are not certified. Since vote by mail has become increasingly popular, the final totals will be higher. But there are not enough uncounted ballots to change the outcome):


Princeton Mayor
22/22 100.00%
  Vote Count Percent
Rep - Richard C. WOODBRIDGE 3,939 39.25%
Dem - Elizabeth 'Liz' LEMPERT 6,093 60.72%
Personal Choice 3 0.03%
Total 10,035 100.00%

Princeton Council
22/22 100.00%
  Vote Count Percent
Rep - Geoff ATON 3,533 7.80%
Dem - Heather HOWARD 6,914 15.27%
Dem - Arden 'Lance' LIVERMAN 6,861 15.15%
Dem - Patrick SIMON 7,090 15.66%
Dem - Bernard 'Bernie' P. MILLER 7,114 15.71%
Dem - Jenny CRUMILLER 6,807 15.04%
Dem - Jo BUTLER 6,903 15.25%
Personal Choice 51 0.11%
Total 45,273 100.00%


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Volunteers Needed for GOTV and to Help Voters Find Where to Vote

We still need volunteers to help voters know where to vote, since a majority of voting districts (14 out of 22) have been moved to emergency polling locations. We are canvassing with the information, especially to areas that still lack power. 

Please sign up here:

Or just come to our staging location at 5 Evelyn Place, Princeton (a cul de sac off of Nassau, just west of Harrison St).  Extra parking available at the Bank of America lot on Nassau, East of Harrison St. 

Volunteer hours are:

  • 9 am - 9 pm Monday
  • 9 am - 7 pm Tuesday


We also need volunteers for "visibility" on Tuesday (i.e. waving signs at key locations). These volunteers will also have information to help voters find where to vote. 

For "visibility" please come to 187 Library Pl: shifts are 6:15am - 9am and 4pm - 6pm on Election Day. RSVP to or just show up!


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