ROXBURY, NJ – Landing resident Shawn Potillo was chosen Tuesday by the Roxbury Mayor and Council to fill the unexpired term of former Roxbury Councilman Richard Zoschak, who died March 31.

Potillo, a 43-year-old Republican, was one of three people nominated by the Roxbury Republican Club to fill the Ward 1 council vacancy. 

Potillo has been active in municipal affairs, serving on the township planning board, master plan committee, economic development committee and other groups.

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“I have worked with many of council members for several years now, and they know I’m a person who likes to get things done, and I show up,” Potillo said prior to being chosen unanimously by the council.

“Roxbury matters to me,” Potillo said, noting he has lived in Ward 1 for more than 20 years, both in Port Morris and in Landing.

“I will continue to get things done and move Ward 1 forward as Rich did for the last 17 years,” Potillo said. “Rich Zoschak left some big shoes to fill. It is foolish of me to say I can fill those shoes because you never know what life will bring. But I can say I am ready to try.”

The others nominated by the local GOP for the council's consideration were Kenneth Schwemmer and Amy Overman. Before the council vote, Overman withdrew from the process, noting the seat would be better filled by somebody who lived more in the center of the ward.

Prior to the council’s selection of Potillo, Roxbury Mayor Bob DeFillippo said he and his colleagues are still upset about Zoschak’s death.

“It seems like only yesterday we heard the bad news about Rich,” said the mayor. “I know I speak for everyone on the council in saying we are not quite over it yet. His contributions are already being missed, as is his presence on this council.”

At the meeting, the council voted to rename Shore Hills Park in Landing in honor of Zoschak, a landing resident of 38 years who was 76 when he died. The park will now be called Richard Zoschak Park.

Zoschak, also a Roxbury Rotarian, entered his fifth, 4-year-long term on the Roxbury Township Council in January 2020.

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