Linden council moves to investigate Scutari

Linden council moves to investigate Scutari

LINDEN, NJ — Mayor Derek Armstead escalated his political battle with state Sen. Nicholas Scutari on Feb. 19, when the City Council voted to form a committee to investigate whether the legislator had been paid for work he did not perform while a city employee. The council voted 6-4 in favor of the resolution creating […]

Armstead wins first battle over Linden council seat

LINDEN, NJ — The first round in the battle for control of the 8th Ward City Council seat goes to Mayor Derek Armstead. Administrative Law Judge Katherine Dupuis, in court documents dated Feb. 14, denied a request by state Sen. Nick Scutari to appoint Paul Coates to the seat that the council had voted to […]

Martucci didn’t consider bylaws before taking Linden BOE post

LINDEN, NJ — Board of Education President Gregory Martucci said he did not consider declining the nomination for the position despite a bylaw that prohibits a member facing state ethics charges from assuming the role. When asked after the Jan. 31 board meeting if he’d considered turning down the nomination, he said, “Absolutely not.” State […]

Court hears Armstead-Scutari fight over Linden council seat

By Chuck O’Donnell Staff Writer LINDEN, NJ — Mayor Derek Armstead and state Sen. Nicholas Scutari have escalated their battle over the vacant 8th Ward Council seat to Union County Superior Court. Attorneys representing the Linden Democratic Committee, chaired by Scutari, sparred with Linden city lawyers before Administrative Law Judge Katherine Dupuis on Monday, Feb. […]

Armstead vows defiance over council seat

Armstead vows defiance over council seat

LINDEN, NJ — The battle for control of the vacant 8th Ward council seat intensified when the mayor issued a letter to city officials instructing them not to recognize anyone selected by the city’s Democratic Committee to fill the seat. According to a copy of the letter provided to LocalSource by Mayor Derek Armstead’s office […]

Armstead-led Linden council ousts Scutari as prosecutor

Armstead-led Linden council ousts Scutari as prosecutor

LINDEN, NJ — State Sen. Nick Scutari, who served as city prosecutor for about 16 years, was removed from the position by a vote of the City Council at its Jan. 15 meeting. The council, the majority aligned with Scutari’s political rival, Mayor Derek Armstead, voted to replace him with Scotch Plains-based attorney Deirdre Mason. […]

Linden council OKs mayor’s raise despite protests

Linden council OKs mayor’s raise despite protests

LINDEN, NJ — Mayor Derek Armstead will receive about a 36 percent pay raise retroactive to Jan. 1 despite protests by some council members and residents who characterized it as “greedy” and “excessive.” Armstead’s raise, which will push his salary to $100,000 a year, rankled many at the Dec. 18 Council meeting who said he […]