Hawthorne Councilman Garret Sinning, who was re-elected to an 6th term on November 5, died earlier today. He was 79.
A Republican, Sinning was elected to the council in 1998, winning a special election for a one-year unexpired term with 55% of the vote after spending nine years on the school board.
He was re-elected this month to a Ward 3 seat by a 49%-34% margin, defeating Democrat Kimberly Maciejewski and Green Party candidate Craig Cayetano.
Sinning had owned the Pathmark Shopping Center in Paterson, and the Dillistin Lumber Company.
Republicans won three of four council seats in 2019 and will have a 7-1 majority next year. The mayor, Richard Goldberg, is a Republican.
The vacant seat will be filled by the Hawthorne Republican County Committee, who will submit the names of three candidates to the borough council.
Republicans will have the option of filling Sinning’s vacant seat before the end of his term on December 31, although the December 11 borough council meeting in the last one scheduled for this year.
After the council reorganizes in January, a new councilmember must be named to replace Sinning.
A special election will be held in November 2020 to fill the remaining 38 months of his term.