HAWTHORNE, NJ - Michael Sciarra was elected by the Borough Council at the Wednesday, January 22, meeting for Ward 3. He will fill the seat won by the late Garret Sinning last November until a special election held in November of this year.
Michael Sciarra and Anna Marie Sasso were present in the audience at the start of the meeting when the council was asked to vote for their choice of Republican contenders for the position. The votes were as follows:
- Bruce Bennett - Anna Marie Sasso
- Joseph Wojtecki - Anna Marie Sasso
- Rayna Laiosa - Michael Sciarra
- Dominic Mele - Michael Sciarra
- John Lane - Michael Sciarra
- Frank Matthews - Michael Sciarra
Council President Matthews had offered praise for the potential interim councilmembers and said the choice was not easy. Mayor Richard Goldberg offered kind words to Sciarra and Sasso, saluting them for their efforts. "It's a daunting thing to put yourself up for public office," the mayor said. Goldberg said he was proud of the volunteer spirit, saying, "We are a community of volunteers."
Sciarra was sworn in by Mayor Goldberg surrounded by family.
"I want to thank my wife and kids for their love and support through this entire experience," Sciarra said in his address. "I also want to thank my extended family and friends who have been a great source of guidance and support. I'd like to thank the county committee and council for having the confidence in selecting me to fill this seat. I extend my appreciation to the other candidates who put themselves out there and for their services to this council. I look forward to working with the council and making a commitment to work hard for the borough and the residents of Ward 3. My focus will be on economic development to increase awareness in our community and to shop local."
Sciarra, who had served on the Board of Education for five years, submitted his resignation. "Tonight I turn the page to the next chapter and I'd like to thank School Superintendent Richard Spirito for his great leadership and all the administrators, teachers, and the entire staff for helping the Hawthorne School district reach the next level. I'd like to acknowledge the board members who have stepped up and volunteered their time and energy to guide the district towards advancing student achievement and providing oversight for the taxpayers. I take comfort in knowing that the district is in a great place and moving forward in the right direction."
"Lastly, I'd like to acknowledge Councilman Garry Sinning," Sciarra said. "Garry was a special man, some called him a gentle giant, who gave over twenty years of community service. We're a better people for knowing him."
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