UPDATE: Secaucus Mayor Gonnelli improving after stroke, but not ready to go back to work
SECAUCUS -- After suffering a stroke 20 days ago, Secaucus Mayor Michael Gonnelli was still improving over the last week, town officials said on Tuesday, June 28. However, they said there is no timeline for him to return to work or when he will speak to the public or press about his ordeal.
Gonnelli suffered a stroke on Wednesday, June 8 around 5 p.m. in his home. He was taken to Meadowlands Hospital.
As of Thursday, June 16, he was released from the hospital to relocate to a rehabilitation center.
Officials said today that Gonnelli has been getting better and stronger.
The town website has stated that the family has asked residents to refrain from visiting him. Send gifts or cards to the Mayor’s Office at Town Hall to be delivered to him.
Councilman Gary Jeffas has been filling in during this time, and Town Administrator David Drumeler is in charge of day-to-day services.
"We've been trying to keep the government moving," Drumeler said recently, "But the mayor had a unique personal touch that bring everything together. It's hard to replicate that, because he's spent so much time as the public works supervisor and then as mayor. We can't replace that."
Gonnelli is a lifelong Secaucus resident who served as the supervisor of public works before becoming mayor. His four-year term began in 2013. -- Samantha Meyers