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NJ township elects new mayor, the fifth since August

November 8, 2018

ROCKAWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey township has elected a new mayor — the fifth person to hold the office since the longtime mayor died this summer.

In August, longtime Rockaway Township mayor Michael Dachisen died from a heart attack and Council President Jeremy Jedynak became acting mayor for 30 days. The North Jersey Record reports the council then named Paul Minenna interim mayor in a controversial decision that prompted a lawsuit.

A judge’s ruling in the lawsuit led to the appointment of a new interim mayor, Adam Salberg.

New Mayor Michael Puzio ran unopposed and was elected Tuesday. He says residents were energized by recent political drama and are ready for a change.

Jedynak said Wednesday that he hopes to work with Puzio and find common ground.

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Information from: The Record (Woodland Park, N.J.), http://www.northjersey.com

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