(courtesy TapInto.net Hillsborough)
HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Mayor Shawn Lipani announced on Monday that Committeeman Steven Cohen submitted his resignation as Township Committee member to the Township Clerk, effective immediately.
“This is a sad day for me. Unfortunately, as a result of work responsibilities and an ongoing battle with long-haul COVID symptoms, I’ve decided to resign my position from the Township Committee. I realize that my health has to be a top priority,” Cohen said in his resignation letter.
Cohen, 68, was sworn to office at the township's January Reorganization meeting after winning election in November 2021.
"He's very upset about it," Lipani said. "He still has lingering issues with COVID-19; he works for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and commutes to Jersey City every day. Sometimes, you don't realize the responsibilities of elected office until after you get into it."
In accordance with vacancy law, the municipal committee of the political party, in this case, the Republican Party, shall present the names of three (3) individuals to the Township Committee as nominees to fill the vacancy within 15 days. Then the Township Committee has thirty (30) days to make their selection and fill the vacancy.
“We thank Mr. Cohen for his willingness to serve and wish him continued health,” Lipani said.