SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Former borough mayor Nick Poliseno passed away on Thursday, July 18. Details surrounding his death have not been made public. The 41-year-old father of two was elected mayor in November of 2012 when he defeated longtime councilman, Curtis Stollen. He lost his bid for re-election in November of 2016 when he was beaten by current Spotswood mayor, Ed Seely.
In October of 2017, Poliseno made headlines when he was charged by the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office for stealing from a scholarship fund set up to honor borough EMT Hinal Patel who was killed in the line of duty in the summer of 2015. Poliseno entered into a pre-trial intervention program in January of 2018.
In 2014, Poliseno went public with his struggles with a respiratory disease that he attributed to his work with ConEdison following 9/11. Poliseno spoke with several news outlets including the New York Daily News in an effort to keep the Zadroga Act from expiring in Congress. The Spotswood native spoke of suffering from the same respiratory illness that killed James Zadroga, an NYPD officer who died in 2006 of a respiratory illness related to his work as a first responder on September 11.
It is not known if Poliseno's illness is related to his passing on July 18.