SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Borough Mayor Ed Seely released his latest update to Spotswood residents on Thursday. The number of positive coronavirus cases in the borough stands at 77. The number is up seven from the 70 positive cases the mayor reported in his May 1 letter. While the total went up slightly, the fatalities have stayed the same. Spotswood has had two residents die from the coronavirus since the pandemic hit New Jersey in March. Mayor Seely's letter also addressed the mail issues some borough neighborhoods have been experiencing along with problems residents have been having with unemployment benefits.

The mayor's May 7 letter reads as follows:

Residents of Spotswood,

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We’re through the first week in May, and I hope everything is as well as can be expected for all of you at this time. As the Governor would say, I will get right to the numbers. Currently, we sit at 77 positives and 2 that have passed. If you’re following the State’s totals, you’ve probably noticed the numbers have started going down. Hopefully, this will mark the beginning of getting people back to work. With the announcement that schools are closed for the remainder of the year, however, this may cause a different kind of problem for some of you.

Speaking of problems; several citizens have contacted me regarding both unemployment and our local mail delivery. I, along with the rest of the mayors in this state, are on a minimum of two calls a week with both our County and State representatives. These are the forums in which we voice our issues and try to get some guidance. In an attempt to be somewhat more proactive, however, I called Senator Linda Greenstein regarding the unemployment issues. I received a return call from her aide, Scott Gregory, and he has requested that you email him at sgregory@njleg.org and he will do what he can to assist. I hope this will be an effective avenue for those still waiting for benefits.

As regards mail delivery, I spoke to the Postmaster General and told him that what we are going through right now is completely unacceptable, especially at this time of crisis. He has assured me they will correct the issues and, hopefully, we will see improvement in the coming days.

This weekend marks a very special time for us all, as without this person none of us would exist. Yes, Sunday is Mother’s Day, a day honoring one of the most important people in our lives. A mother’s love is unconditional, as ours is for her. So let’s celebrate our mothers, or the person in your life that is like a mother to you, and make their day as special as we can. I extend my best wishes for a Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there!

I will close by observing that it does look like the curve is starting to descend, and, hopefully, the governor's commission will start to recommend the gradual re-opening of businesses and get people back to work. Clearly, we desperately need this to happen, and soon. There is no doubt that things will be different, and it may still be some time before we see each other’s smiles, but I for one cannot wait. So please continue to Be Smart, Be Safe, and Stay Healthy, and keep up the good work of social distancing.

God Bless,

Ed Seely,

Mayor