Middlesex County News

New Attorney Named for City Parking Authority, Previous One Given Ethics Fines

a799e9cbc07073784d25_best_crop_77fa833febd4a296f07b_parking_authority_nbpa_sign_2x__1_.jpg
a799e9cbc07073784d25_best_crop_77fa833febd4a296f07b_parking_authority_nbpa_sign_2x__1_.jpg

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The city’s parking authority appointed a new law firm for its general and special counsel, after the previous lawyer, Leonard Bier, was fined for ethics violations.

David Minchello of the Woodbridge-based law firm Rainone, Coughlin, Minchello, LLC, was voted in as the New Brunswick Parking Authority counsel at ​its January 2018 board meeting.

His predecessor, Leonard Bier, was issued a $200 fine after failing to disclose multiple sources of income, including $106​,000​ ​in ​income from the state.

Sign Up for E-News

 

Bier pleaded guilty to the ethics charges during the city's ethics board meeting in Sept. 2017. 

Bier is currently the CEO of the New Brunswick-based Bier Associates, according to his LinkedIn profile. He’s also a consultant for the Miami Parking Authority, executive director and general counsel for the Rahway Parking Authority and executive director of the Rahway Redevelopment Agency.

The New Brunswick Parking Authority used Bier as ​its lawyer since 1987; and 2018 is the first year in nearly three decades he’ll be out of that job.

Bier Associates did not respond to the parking authority’s request for proposals in search of counsel for 2018, according to public records.

Instead, Bier Associates will continue to be one of the three parking consultants for the NBPA, a position which has also been held by the New Brunswick firm for several years.

Bier couldn’t be immediately be reached for comment, nor could a spokesperson for the city.

The new firm will earn $4,000 a month as general counsel and $175 an hour as special counsel, according to Mitch Karon, executive director of the parking authority. A public records request seeking a copy of the contract is still pending.

Rainone, Coughlin, Minchello’s practice areas, according to the firm’s website, include municipal law, redevelopment, land-use and affordable housing litigation and labor and employment law.

Public records indicate that the county hired the firm as labor counsel in 2017 for a rate of $165 an hour. The county, at a January Board of Freeholders meeting, voted to renew the contract, but a copy of the document wasn’t immediately made available.

Craig J. Coughlin, one of the three partners, was sworn in earlier this month as Speaker of the General Assembly, after taking over for ​Assemblyman ​Vinny Prieto following a political showdown in 2017.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Edison

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_5ce80d6ef1e97a049d73_sivantos_piscataway_july_2018_flyer-page-001

Tue, July 17, 8:00 AM

Sivantos - Bloodmobile, Piscataway

Piscataway Emergency Blood Drive - Pair of ...

Giving Back Health & Wellness

Carousel_image_e494ac4a13e4230208bf_holy_savior_academy

Tue, July 17, 5:00 PM

South Plainfield

Holy Savior Open House July 17th

Education

Carousel_image_e494ac4a13e4230208bf_holy_savior_academy

Tue, July 17, 5:00 PM

South Plainfield

Holy Savior Open House July 17th

Nearly $900K Bid Received for Construction of New New Brunswick Park

July 12, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Only one company submitted a bid to build a new city park on land where three abandoned houses once stood.

A-Tech Concrete of Edison submitted a bid of $897,316.25 to construct a park on Welton Street, near Drift Street.

This was the only bid that city Purchasing Department received before the deadline this morning.

New Brunswick demolished three abandoned home on the ...

17 Fascinating Facts About Rutgers Athletics

July 10, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - For all the critics of the athletics program at New Jersey’s largest public university, there are more than a dozen reasons to cheer for successes of the sports programs and teams on the playing fields, in classrooms and beyond.

Here are 17 on the field and off the field things this took place this past academic year at Rutgers University:

1. Rutgers had four ...

Murphy Administration Takes Action to Help Smokers Quit

July 16, 2018

The Murphy administration on Monday announced new steps to help New Jersey Medicaid recipients quit using tobacco by making it easier to receive tobacco cessation medications and counseling.

“Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death and disease in New Jersey, leading to chronic lung disease, heart disease, stroke and cancer,” said New Jersey Human Services Commissioner ...

'Servant of Two Masters' exudes foolish fun

‘Servant of Two Masters’ makes for foolish, frivolous fun

By Liz Keill

MADISON, NJ –Carlo Goldoni’s “The Servant of Two Masters,” in a rousing translation and adaptation by Bonnie J. Monte, has the outdoor audience at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey laughing and clapping all the way through.

The yearly production, held at the amphitheatre on the ...

As Seen on TV

Source: Just when you thought the deal could not get any better, just wait, there’s more…call now and your order will be doubled… “As seen on TV,” Sam Burlum review some of the most successful infomercial campaigns and why they did so well.

We have all experienced at some point in our lives, while flipping through the television channels, that moment when ...