In a special meeting tonight, the Jackson Township Council chose Jackson Club President Mordy Burnstein to fill the seat left vacant by the recent and sudden resignation of Marty Flemming.
Burnstein, a longtime fixture in Jackson and Ocean County politics, was sworn in immediately and will now serve out the remaining 14 months of Flemming’s four-year term.
The vote to approve him was tied at two, with mayor Michael Reina serving as the tie-breaking vote.
Burnstein is now the first Orthodox Jewish person to serve on the Jackson Council.
Addressing the council just after he was sworn in, Burnstein thanked his supporters and members of the council and reiterated that he looks forward to working on behalf of all residents.
In attendance, was Ocean County Republican Chairman George Gillmore and Ocean County Sheriff Michael Mastronardy.
Burnstein was also appointed as the Council’s liaison to the Planning Board, of which he is also a member.
With Flemming’s departure, the five-member council was evenly split 2-2 necessitating tonight’s special meeting.
The other four members are Council President Stephen M. Chisholm, Jr., Council Presiden, Council Vice President Nino Borrelli, Jennifer Kuhn and Scott Sargent.
Burnstien, who also serves as the local Republican club president, has not committed to seeking re-election to a full term next November.