EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Former East Brunswick Mayor and New Jersey State Senator Jack Sinagra passed away Monday morning the 26th of an undisclosed illness.  He was 63.  Sinagra served as mayor of East Brunswick from 1989 to 1991, before serving three terms as a State Senator from the 18th Legislative District.

Sinagra was recognized for spearheading the effort to ban cigarette vending machines, which has been credited in many circles as the first step towards a ban on smoking in public places. He was remembered today by numerous state officials as someone who was willing to cross party lines in order to work for the people of both East Brunswick as well as the 18th district. Current East Brunswick Mayor David Stahl was quoted as saying it was "a very sad day for the township."

Upon retiring from the Senate in 2001, Sinagra served for a year as the chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, before returning to an executive role with the electrical supply firm Turtle and Hughes, based in Linden.

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Funeral arrangements were not yet disclosed.