Fort Lee Councilman Suffers Stroke Hours Before Swearing-In Ceremony

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FORT LEE — A 71-year-old councilman had to take the oath of office from his hospital bed after he suffered a stroke hours before his swearing in, officials told the Bergen Record. Fort Lee Councilman Harvey Sohmer, suffered a minor stroke Thursday afternoon and was rushed to Englewood Hospital and Medical Center. He was released the following day.

Sohmer told reporters he was home, reading over documents in preparation for the council meeting, when he fell ill around 11:30 a.m. Thursday.

“I turned around to my wife. I said, `Boy, I feel funny. Something’s not right,’” Sohmer told the Bergen Record. “My speech started to slur a little. She said, `Sit down. We’re going to call 911.’”

Because Sohmer was not able to make the swearing-in ceremony, Mayor Mark Sokolich, three council members and borough attorney Lee Cohen visited the hospital late Thursday, where the mayor officially administered the oath of office.

Source: The Bergen Record

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