A Washington Township councilman said he “misspoke” when he said the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office was trying to find out who released its decision not to review terminal leave payments to three retired township offices to the media.
Although it’s not the type of issue that New Jersey’s top county law enforcers ordinarily look into, township Council President Steve Cascio said two weeks ago that Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli was “investigating” the “leak” of information to local media.
The supposed leak concerned Molinelli’s decision not to review how the payments to the three retired officers were handled — which the prosecutor notified township officials of in a letter last month.
Last night, resident Peter Mayer said at a council meeting that someone in authority at Molinelli’s office told him there was no investigation.
Cascio ( above, inset ), in turn, said he was aware of that and that he “misspoke” at the June 10 council meeting.
Township officials are waiting to see what their state counterparts have to say about how the payments to the retired officers were handled. An attorney hired by the township already has advised them that he found no violations of local government ethics laws.
MOLINELLI PHOTO: Mary K. Miraglia, CLIFFVIEW PILOT Courthouse Reporter
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