Labor Attorney Involved In Library Donation Dispute

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Published: August 11, 2016 @ 3:07 PM EST

Documents obtained by Roselle Park News show that the borough’s Labor Attorney, Frank Capece, who is paid an hourly rate, has become involved in the dispute surrounding the library grounds donation of the silhouette soldiers kneeling in front of a cross.

Mr. Capece offers talking points for Mayor Carl Hokanson and, thereby, the municipality. In his memo, the labor attorney advises the mayor to minimize First Amendment concerns and focus on the position that the incident is about the abuse of power by Councilwoman-At-Large Charlene Storey who is the liaison to the Library Board of Trustees.

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The memorandum itself, addressed from the mayor to the members of the Library Board, has Mayor Hokanson relating the chain of event regarding his donation and mentions that “Threats of litigation against Board members, however without the prior approval of the governing body is unauthorized.”

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Referring to Councilwoman-At-Large Storey, the mayor mentions that her role as an elected official “cannot be compromised by threats of litigation by the individual or even her spouse.”

He closed the memo by stating that he was contemplating removing her as the liaison to the Library Board.

Mr. Capece’s firm, Garrubbo & Capece (link), is listed on record as being paid a rate of $135/hour to be the borough’s Labor Attorney.