EAST BRUNSWICK – Township Councilman Michael Spadafino has resigned from his post citing personal reasons.
Spadafino, a Democrat who joined the council in 2014, said at Monday’s reorganization meeting that he notified Township Clerk Nennette Perry and the Township Council of his decision.
"This decision is very difficult for me, but it's very personal," he said.
Spadafino thanked township residents for the "trust and faith" that they gave him over the years while serving as an elected official, in addition to thanking Mayor Brad Cohen and other township officials,
"I use their first names and not their positions because to me they were all my friends first and colleagues second," he said. "The thing you have to remember is that with friends, you may disagree but you always respect the opinion of the other person, so it has been an honor and a pleasure to serve with you on this council."
Councilman James Wendell said it has been an honor to serve with Spadafino.
"You've been a dedicated friend and coach of mine throughout the years and I’m sad to see you go, but very, very happy to see you going someplace that's going to make you much happier at this point in time," Wendell said, and especially your wife, whose got a dream of living at the shore."
The mayor thanked Spadafino and his wife for their decades of service to the township.
"They come to public service from a point of having contributed to this township in extraordinarily meaningful ways," Cohen said. "They are really prime examples of the best East Brunswick has to offer."
The East Brunswick Democrats are expected to submit three nominees to the Township Council for consideration to fill Spadafino’s seat, which will be up for grabs in November for the remainder of his term.
Also on Monday, Wendell was unanimously elected council president for a one-year term and Kevin McEvoy was elected to serve as council vice president for another term.
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