Jersey City Planning Board Commissioner, activist, Seborowski passes away

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Longtime Jersey City Planning Board Commissioner and activist John Seborowski passed away suddenly last night, to the shock of many local residents and officials.

Jersey City Planning Board Commissioner John Seborowski. Photo courtesy of Hudson Media Group.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Seborowski, who had also served on the local Democratic committee, was a constant presence at the polls on election day, at public meetings, and very seldom missed a public session for the planning board.

On top of that, Seborowski was a 14-time winner of the Hudson Media Group’s annual Christmas light competition for his consistently festive and elaborate holiday displays.

“#JerseyCity lost one of its finest residents last night: activist, @JerseyCity Planning Board Commissioner, and several time winner of @njdotcom/@JCHudsonMedia Christmas light competition John Seborowski passed away,” city Chief Municipal Prosecutor Jake Hudnut tweeted. “Thoughts & prayers to his family[.]”

HMG responded online by saying that Seborowski was “truly one of Jersey City’s best” and vowed that his name would be on the plaques for their Christmas decoration awards going forward.

Additionally, Hudson County Democratic Organization Chair Amy DeGise paid tribute to Seborowski on Facebook, saying she was “heartbroken” since he “was like family to me.”

“Jersey City lost a true gem. John Seborowski Sr. was dedicated to his city, his role as committeeman, his church, service to the less fortunate, and most importantly to his family,” she wrote.

“I am heartbroken, Mr. Sebs was like family to me but I know he is in heaven signing up for every public board and committee he can to make sure everything is running efficiently. Please pray for the entire Seborowski family.”

Furthermore, Shawn “Sully” Thomas-Sullivan, a former chair of the Jersey City Democratic Organization told HCV that Seborowski “would be the captain of an all Jersey City Team.”

While the details surrounding his death aren’t immediately clear, several friends of Seborowski believed he passed of natural caused, not due to complications from COVID-19.