HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - The Hasbrouck Heights Council passed on final and public hearing an ordinance that creates a new chapter in the Hasbrouck Heights Borough Code at Tuesday night’s meeting of the Mayor and Council.

The new chapter,  “Defense and Indemnification”, allows Hasbrouck Heights to provide legal support to public employees and officials in the event the get sued as a result of the performance of their official duties.  

Hasbrouck Heights PBA representative Jarett Cooke questioned whether this ordinance would change any of the protections already offered to officers of the Hasbrouck Heights Police Department that were agreed to during the contract negotiations.  

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Hasbrouck Heights Mayor Jack DeLorenzo assured Cooke that the measure enacted would not change any of the protections that had been previously in place, and is on top of any existing coverages that are already in place.  

During the open session Cooke also questioned the Mayor and Council about an ongoing investigation about what Cooke described as an “illegal firing of an officer.”  Cooke noted that it was two years ago that he first spoke to Council about the matter, and was asking about an update.

Borough Attorney Richard Malagiere informed the Mayor that since the matter was still an ongoing legal issue, no comment could be made at this time. 

During the meeting the Council approved the following resolutions as part of the consent agenda.

163. Governing Body Certification of the Annual Audit (2019)

164. Authorizing the Person to Person transfer of liquor license number 0225-44-012-008 from ZZ Spirits LLC to Kyra&Myra LLC



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