DPW Superintendent Plans Run For Mayor

Ed Sinclair is a lifelong resident and 31-year volunteer firefighter

Superintendent and lifelong Mahwah resident Ed Sinclair is planning to run for mayor this November, he confirmed Tuesday evening. Sinclair has picked up petitions from the town clerk’s office to run, and although he said he would not officially announce his candidacy until he turns them in, “I am definitely planning on running,” he said.

Sinclair, 54, has worked for the township’s Department of Public Works for 25 years, and currently serves as its Superintendent. Before that, he was Superintendent of Water and Sewer for the Borough of Ramsey.

The Mahwah High School graduate has also been a Company 2 volunteer firefighter since 1981. He also served as an EMT driver for Company No. 1 Ambulance Corps for 7 years. He coached Mahwah DARE street hockey, youth baseball, football, T-ball, and coordinated dozens of badge projects for Eagle Scouts.

Sinclair said it was not a specific issue that prompted him to run, but rather “it is something that I always wanted to do.” He said his history as an involved, lifelong resident piqued his interest in the position. “I understand Mahwah from the inside out,” he said in a release. “I know how Mahwah works, and I want to make sure that it continues to work well.”

The DPW Superintendent said that over his career, he has had experience working with the fire department, emergency services, municipal water and sewer, streets and roads, parks and recreation, buildings and grounds, snow removal, leaf collection, the town pool, and recycling.

“I have an insider’s view,” he said. “I know what it takes to run this town.”

Sinclair also said he feels his budgetary background would help with one of the mayor’s top responsibilities – helping figure out what the township spends money on. “As the economic downturn demanded lower budgets, my team and I learned to do more with less. Through hard work and determination, we found creative ways to provide first-rate services with fewer taxpayer dollars,” he said. “I have no doubt that there are additional efficiencies [in the township budget] to be found.”

Sinclair lives in the township with his wife, Jackie (Borish) Sinclair,. He has two children, Benjamin and Melissa, who both graduated from Mahwah public schools.

Sinclair launched a campaign website that is currently under construction.

According to the township clerk’s office, so far only Sinclair, and current have picked up petitions to run for Mahwah’s top job.

Samantha Koyak Armstrong June 26, 2012 at 11:14 AM
You go Eddie!!!
J June 26, 2012 at 11:37 AM
Finally a candidate that we can be proud to vote yes for! Good luck Ed! The Hymans
Hank June 26, 2012 at 11:37 AM
all of Mahwah will find out what a great person Ed is.
Bob Hyman June 26, 2012 at 01:25 PM
Good Luck!
William June 26, 2012 at 01:42 PM
Way to to go Ed Sinclair! Hard work, integrity, intelligence....could Mahwah ask for a better candidate for Mayor? Ed will be a terrific leader for the Town.
Thomas Ulrichs June 26, 2012 at 01:52 PM
Finally a real canidate not a politician. Good luck Ed.
Regenbogen June 26, 2012 at 02:09 PM
Absolutely.....thank you Ed!! Mahwah needs you!!!!
Linda Conte Leierzapf June 26, 2012 at 02:25 PM
If we still lived there, we'd vote for you!
anne Holmes June 26, 2012 at 02:50 PM
Couldn't be a prouder sister! Good Luck Ed!
ref June 26, 2012 at 02:51 PM
You have our votes Ed,Mahwah needs a person like you that has Mahwah as his only goal,can't wait until November.
Kevin June 26, 2012 at 04:00 PM
I have met and spoke with Mr. Sinclair several times since I moved to Mahwah. I find him to be a very helpful and respectful. I do have one question. If he is currently an employee of the township would this be a conflict of interest if he is elected? He would be residing over a budget that pays him. If he is elected would he have to resign his position as an employee? If this is not an issue I would consider voting for him.
Melissa Steinberg June 26, 2012 at 05:13 PM
Is Mr. Sinclair the one that was in charge of post-hurricane Irene and post-October snow storm clean-up?
JP June 26, 2012 at 05:54 PM
Go Ed!!
Sandy June 26, 2012 at 08:13 PM
Valid question Kevin. Does anyone have the answer?
Randy H June 26, 2012 at 09:29 PM
I have met and spoken to Ed and have heard nothing but good things about him. He has my vote for sure, it does not matter who else is running at this point, I would not even consider them. Finally a mayor Mahwah can be proud of.
ref June 26, 2012 at 09:47 PM
By law when he elected he must resign or retire from his present position.
ref June 26, 2012 at 10:47 PM
Melissa, Mr. Sinclair was in charge of the snow clean-up from the October storm
Mahwah Resident June 26, 2012 at 11:04 PM
Barbara Porpora June 27, 2012 at 12:14 AM
Good Luck Ed! Wish I lived in Mahwah so I could give you my vote.
BobM. June 27, 2012 at 01:31 AM
WOW ! I am a new subscriber to patch, but i have been in mahwah almost 50 years. I was very shocked when i saw that Ed is running for mayor. I used to be very involved in township activities ( when i was younger ), and have crossed paths with Mr. Sinclair on various occasions. My wife and i couldnt have been more pleased with the news. You have our vote ! This IS what Mahwah needs.
DIANNE PADULA-ABRAMS June 27, 2012 at 02:20 AM
Best of Luck Eddie!
DIANNE PADULA-ABRAMS June 27, 2012 at 02:31 AM
delgado June 28, 2012 at 02:53 AM
he will easily beat the former mayor, who double dipper Donovan just appointed to the Republican NWBCUA. Its disgraceful that polticans are running for office while serving on the NW BCUA. Its wrong and even our beloved Governor said it was wrong.
Butch Bowman June 28, 2012 at 11:12 AM
Good Luck Ed Win Win Save MAHWAH !
ref July 06, 2012 at 08:55 PM
Mahwah NJ,would you please explain whom you are referring to in your post
lori dorie July 06, 2012 at 09:57 PM
MahwahJ... OMG you couldn't be more wrong about Ed Sinclair. He is one of the most admirable and honest people I know. Obviously you don't know him because if you did you would know how absurd your statement is!
ref July 07, 2012 at 09:51 PM
Mahwah Nj,your ip addrerss is showing,its easy to say things when you don't have to face someone isn't it,well we know who you are and considering the source its understandable why you are saying things that are not even remotely true.


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