TRENTON - The Joint Legislative Committee on Ethical Standards dismissed parts of a complaint brought against state Sen. and Union City Mayor Brian Stack.
There were several allegations, two of which the committee accepted jurisdiction over and then dismissed, citing lack of credible evidence.
The committee dismissed allegations regarding Stack in his role as mayor negotiating with state agencies over transitional aid for the city. The complaint was brought by Joseph Blaettler, a former Union City police official.
Although the Legislature passed a law against such dual office-holding in 2007, it grandfathered in officials such as Stack and recognized that as part of their municipal role they can make such appearances without violating the code.
There were other allegations the committee didn’t even deal with, deeming them solely municipal issues. They concerned an allegation that Stack violated a memorandum of understanding with the Division of Local Government Services regarding medical benefits, and the other involved allegations regarding paying overtime to a municipal employee.
Today’s meeting was the first with retired state Supreme Court Justice John Wallace as the new committee chair. He replaced Alan Rosenthal, who passed away earlier this year.
Among other items the committee dealt with:
*The panel authorized further investigation into a complaint lodged against Assemblyman Nelson Albano, who was the subject of a traffic stop in February 2012.
The initial complaint, dealing with Albano’s allegations of improper state trooper conduct, originally was put aside because it was filed within 90 days of a primary election, which is not allowed. It was refiled afterward.
The commission accepted jurisdiction but OK’d further investigatory work by counsel.
Albano withdrew his complaint and then in April 2012 issued an apology, and said he did not expect special treatment.
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