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Deaths: former judge; former mayor

By David Wildstein, April 24 2019 9:16 am

Bill Hill, who spent more than 25 years as a judge of the New Jersey Worker’s Compensation Court, died on April 21.  He as 90. A U.S. Army veteran who served in combat during the Korean War, he served as a deputy state Attorney General during the administration of Gov. Robert B. Meyner before joining the New Jersey Department of Labor in 1961 as a worker’s compensation referee.  Gov. Richard Hughes named him to a judgeship in 1968.

Leonard Hornster, the mayor of Madison before the Middlesex County municipality changed its name to Old Bridge, died on April 19.  He was 88.  Hornster was elected to the township council in a 1964 special election, ousting Republican incumbent Kenneth Banks with 56% of the vote.  Re-elected in 1965, he became mayor in 1968 at a time when the municipality still rotated mayors every year.  He lost his bid for re-election by about 1,100 votes in 1969.   He ran for Demcoratic municipal chairman in 1971 but lost on the third ballot by two votes.  In 1973, he lost a Democratic primary for councilman.

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