Former Brooklyn Mayor John Coyne dead at age 97

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John Coyne, former Brooklyn Mayor

BROOKLYN, Ohio– John M. Coyne, who served as mayor of the suburb of Brooklyn for more than half a century, passed away at the age of 97.

Coyne led Brooklyn from 1948-1999 and holds the record as the longest-serving mayor for consecutive terms of an American city.

He was at the forefront of auto safety, establishing the nation’s first law requiring seat belts in 1966.

He did it again in 1999, when Brooklyn became the first town in the nation to ban talking on a cell phone while driving.

He also co-founded Parma Community Hospital.