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Well-Known Orange County Political Leader Dies


WARWICK – Former Orange County Republican Party chairman John Hicks died Sunday at the age of 70.

Hicks, a well-known attorney also served on the Warwick Town Board in the past.

Current GOP Chairman Robert Krahulik said Hicks had “a passion” for politics.

“Without him, God only knows what state the party would be in today,” Krahulik said.  “A lot of people owe him a great indebtedness for getting them where they are today.”

Current Warwick Town Supervisor Michael Sweeton said Hicks was his best friend and mentor.

“He accomplished so much for, certainly the Republican Party, and so many people he touched,” Sweeton said.  “It is a great loss for us.”

Hicks is survived by his wife, Judith, three daughters and two step-sons and their families.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.