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Lambertville, NJ  08530 
Mayor Photo Julia Fahl

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Term 12/31/2021

Mayor Julia Fahl

Julia Fahl is currently serving her first term as Mayor for the City of Lambertville. 

In her role as Mayor, she has focused on fiscal responsibility by opening up the budget process for the public. She included department heads as well as the City’s boards and commissions for their direct input for the first time in the City’s recent history.  Mayor Fahl specifically targeted the City’s dependence on borrowing and has put the City back on track to meet the State’s best practice for debt service by 2033 while still investing in vital equipment and important long term projects such as land preservation.

As a part of Mayor Fahl’s commitment to open and transparent governing, she created the Community Advisory Team which has spent over 1000 volunteer hours focused on direct outreach to community members regarding facility maintenance and housing development policy for the City. During her Primary Election she focused on creating more direct communication. To address that promise, Mayor Fahl also doubled the number of council meetings to allow for in public working sessions which encourage residents direct input on ordinances and resolutions prior to governing body votes. She created bi-monthly office hours which has seen almost 500 residents.  Mayor Fahl also started the quarterly newsletter “Lambertville Matters” in both english and spanish that is available online and mailed to every resident.

As Lambertville was forced to address the worldwide health crisis of COVID-19, Mayor Fahl created a Coronavirus task force which meets virtually twice a week.  During this health crisis, the Mayor along with the Governing Body ensured that the City employees were being paid a fair and living wage and had access to prescription and dental coverage for the first time in the City’s history. The Mayor and Council also worked to address needs of our downtown businesses, including significant policy changes to address outdoor dining, fee waivers, and a weekly business roundtable.  Mayor Fahl also worked to increase the number of subscribers to the City’s communication system,  Swift-911 and email listserv, by over 40% to better communicate with the public during this crisis. Since the start of the shutdown for COVID-19, the Mayor has also created an online weekly email to keep residents up to date on City services, access to resources, and information as the pandemic continues.

As a public health advocate, Mayor Fahl has worked on a series of initiatives to address the health and well-being of Lambertville. She worked directly with local 501(c)3 Fisherman’s Mark  to implement the “FLY: Feeding Lambertville Youth” program, which provides lunches to all school aged children in the city during the summer months, regardless of need. She instituted “Flu Shot with the Mayor” which is a partnership with Hunterdon Health Care to encourage and provide access to flu vaccinations. She also created a series of legislative changes to better protect renters by changing the fire inspection policy and landlord registration rules.

In her first year, Mayor Fahl created the Development Review Committee to assist residents and businesses to more efficiently get through both planning and zoning board review.  She also completed the City’s first large scale infrastructure projection the last decade, the Route 29 Road Improvement Project which slowed traffic on the City’s largest throughway while increasing parking spaces and ensuring pedestrian safety.

Prior to becoming a Mayor, Fahl worked as a political professional for over a decade – supporting progressive causes and candidates across the county.  Whenever she can take a break from local government, Julia has a love for Broadway musicals.  You can often catch her singing a tune while enjoying a cup of local coffee.  She lives in Lambertville with her wife Kari Osmond and their half blind cat Randall.

Benedetta Lambert

Councilwoman Benedetta Lambert

Benedetta Lambert
Councilwoman
Term: 12/31/2023

Benedetta has lived in Lambertville for over 35 years with her husband, Russ Lambert a 13th generation member of the Lambert family, and their son, Russell Jr.

Benedetta spent 40+ years as an IT professional, working primarily in the banking and healthcare sectors as a Project Manager and Business Systems Analyst. As a result of her experience, she possesses significant business acumen in a number of finance-related business areas, including: Purchasing, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, General Ledger, Capital Project Management, Supply Chain and Financial/Systems Audit. Benedetta has also managed departmental IT Contracts and project budgets.  From this experience, she possesses the strong analytical and critical thinking skills needed to make the fact- and data-based recommendations for sound business solutions.

Benedetta has also maintained a strong community presence, serving as a former Board member at Fisherman’s Mark, a social services agency based in Lambertville. She has also held multiple Board and Officer positions with The Kalmia Club, a women’s organization noted for their community-based outreach and scholarships.  For the past 30+ years, Benedetta has also had considerable experience with various State and County agencies serving special needs individuals in Hunterdon and Mercer Counties.

Wardell Sanders, Esq.

Wardell Sanders, Esq.
Wardell Sanders
Councilman
609-397-7296
Term 12/31/22

Councilman Sanders has been elected four times to the Lambertville City Council. A resident since 1999, he has served on a number of City bodies and projects, including the Planning Board, the Environmental Commission, the Committee Against the (PennEast) Pipeline, the Cable Television Advisory Commission, and a Police Consolidation Work Group.

An attorney by training, he has worked on the city’s efforts to contain its insurance costs, obtain funding for flood mitigation projects and stop the PennEast Pipeline’s proposed route along the City’s eastern border. He has also worked with the Friends of the Library to ensure that the Film Series continues to enrich our community with the County’s only movie theater. Councilman Sanders community involvement includes work with the City’s youth as he has been a long-time coach, referee and volunteer in the Lambertville Basketball Association and

After working in Washington, DC for a human rights and foreign policy research organization, Ward served for 15 years in New Jersey State government positions as the head of two state agencies and as Deputy Attorney General. Since 2006, Ward has served as the President of the New Jersey Association of Health Plans, where he has received the Community Health Law Project’s 2015 “Ann Klein Advocate Award,” the 2016 New Jersey Mental Health and Addiction Agencies’ “Leadership in Health Care Award,” and the Hemophilia Association of New Jersey’s 2017 “Humanitarian Award.” In May of 2020, Governor Murphy appointed Ward to the Restart and Recovery Council’s health care committee.

Councilman Sanders is a graduate of the Villanova University School of Law, where he was an editor of the Villanova Environmental Law Journal and was the student commencement speaker. He is also a graduate of Franklin & Marshall College.

Julia Taylor

Julia Taylor
Julia Taylor
Councilwoman
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Term 12/31/22

Julia Taylor was first appointed to fill an open City Council seat in November 2018 and was elected to a full term in November 2019. She has lived in Lambertville since 2006 and grew up just across the river in New Hope. 

Prior to serving on Council, Julia served on the Environmental Commission for nine years and was chairperson for two of those years. As part of the Environmental Commission, she was instrumental in organizing a citywide visioning process that resulted in conceptual plans for the park at the corner of Cherry and North Union Streets and in developing our Third Can Program. Julia was also a founding member of an environmental group called SEE Lambertville (standing for Society, Environment, Economy) that raised funds for and constructed the Lambertville Learning Garden at LPS, successfully encouraged area restaurants to offer more locally produced foods, and hosted several environmental education events.

A city planner by training, Julia is currently the Senior Director of Programs & Partnerships with the Trenton Health Team, where she fosters collaborative efforts at the intersection of community development and public health to ensure the long-term well-being and prosperity of Trenton's residents and neighborhoods. Prior to joining THT, for more than a decade Julia lead large-scale community development initiatives in Trenton as Managing Director of Community Planning & Development and Deputy Operations Officer at Isles, Inc. Julia earned a Master of City Planning degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Princeton University.

Steven M. Stegman

Steven M. Stegman

Steven M. Stegman
Councilman
Term: 12/31/2023

Steve Stegman has deep roots in Lambertville. An avid collector of pop culture items and classic toys, he opened his first store, Boomerbilia, in town in 1986. It later became the largest collectible emporium in the northeast, known as the 5 & Dime. During these years, Steve used his skills to enhance the economic vitality of the City while preserving its rich history and the quality of life. Formerly a city councilman for 17 years, Steve has been involved with a list of projects to enhance Lambertville life: the traffic calming project; a bike and pedestrian safety program; streetscape improvement project; decorative sidewalk trash & recycling receptacles and improved lighting; the creation of the City Square public space at the corner of Bridge and South Union Streets.; the adaptive reuse and preservation of many buildings including such Historic Landmarks as the A.H. Holcombe House, now City Hall;  the ACME Market, now known as the Phillip L. Pittore Justice Center:  and the Lilly Mansion, home of the Lambertville Free Public Library.  Steve joined the Lambertville Chamber of Commerce in 1990 and chaired the Chamber's Annual Shad Festival. Under his seventeen-year direction, the all-volunteer festival was awarded Best Event three times by the New Jersey Office of Travel & Tourism. During that period, the Shad Festival Poster Auction raised over $300,000 for art scholarships to local high school students. Steve lives on Studdiford Street with his partner of many years, Paul, and their Miniature Schnauzer Garbo, who knows more people in Lambertville than Steve and Paul combined.

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21 Jan
Mayor & Council Meeting
Date 01.21.2021 7:00 pm
2 Feb
Mayor & Council Work Session
02.02.2021 7:00 pm
18 Feb
Mayor & Council Meeting
02.18.2021 7:00 pm
2 Mar
Mayor & Council Work Session
03.02.2021 7:00 pm
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Mayor & Council Meeting
03.18.2021 7:00 pm

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