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Pohatcong Councilman Anthony Vangeli, left, with mayor James Kern, center, and Rep. Leonard Lance in 2017

Former mayor dies

By David Wildstein, March 08 2019 9:32 am

Anthony “Sal” Vangeli, who spent more than thirty years as a councilman and mayor in Pohatcong, passed away on March 5.  He was 82.

Vangeli was first elected to the township council in 1984, running as a Democrat before local elections became non-partisan.  He ran unopposed for re-election to the township council in 2017.

In recognition of his longtime service, he was named to the New Jersey League of Municipalities Hall of Fame.

“His passion and heart were second to none,” said Warren County freeholder James Kern, a former Pohatcong mayor.

He served in the U.S. Army and was a member of IBEW Local 102.

Vangeli’s had stepped down for health reasons and was replaced by Kevin Melvin.  Melvin will be on the ballot this year to seek the remaining fourteen months of Vangeli’s term.

Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that Vangeli died in office.  He resigned for health reasons prior to his death.

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