NEWARK, NJ - The court appearance for Bloomfield Councilman Elias Chalet scheduled for February 24 has been moved to March 1 at 9 a.m. at the request of defense counsel. The judge might set a trial date at that appearance.

The February 24 appearance was set on January 20. On that date defense counsel presented medical records related to Chalet's health. The councilman had open heart surgery in April of 2016.

Chalet was indicted by a grand jury on January 29, 2016 for allegedly soliciting a $15,000 bribe.

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He is accused of promising a business owner that he would use his place on the council to ensure that Bloomfield would continue its planned purchase of the commercial property.

Chalet currently maintains his council seat.