HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - Concerns about legal bills were made public by both the public and two members of the Council during Tuesday’s Borough of Hasbrouck Heights Council meeting.
Resident Adam Mucci, the only resident to participate in the Public Hearing session, asked the Council why it was paying two separate attorneys, at a cost of $13 thousand for the prior month, when the borough previously only had one Borough Attorney.
Mayor Jack DeLorenzo responded to the question by saying that the reason is that they each had expertise in different areas, and could not confirm that the amount stated was correct. He did, however, state that the legal fees were less than we were paying the year before.
Democratic Councilmen Christopher Hillmann and Steven Reyngoudt, later revealed that their concerns over the legal bills was the reason that they both voted against the Bills resolution earlier in the evening.
The following is their joint statement.
“We are concerned with the amount of money we are spending on attorneys. How many towns have a Borough Attorney Emeritus that continues to receive a retainer? Tonight the Mayor said that lawyers have different expertise, but we continue to believe that we should not have hired a lawyer with such strong ties to the Bergen County Republican Organization.”
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