Demonstrators call for resignation of Linden fire chief

Demonstrators call for resignation of Linden fire chief

LINDEN, NJ — About 75 people who attended a rally in front of City Hall called for fire Chief Joseph Dooley to step down amid accusations that he has fostered “a racist culture” inside the department, including using derogatory terms for African-Americans. Gusting winds and chilly conditions did little to temper the concerns of those […]

Scutari bill to rescind Armstead raise advances

Scutari bill to rescind Armstead raise advances

LINDEN, NJ — Legislation that would force Mayor Derek Armstead to give back the $26,575 raise he received in December has passed the state Senate, escalating tension between him and state Sen. Nicholas Scutari. Legislation that would prohibit retroactive raises for all elected officials throughout the state passed the Senate in a 32-1 vote March […]

Request to fill Linden council seat denied

LINDEN, NJ — Mayor Derek Armstead has won the second round in the battle for control of the 8th Ward City Council seat. Appellate Division Judge Amy O’Connor, in a court document dated Feb. 28, denied an appeal for a temporary restraining order filed by state Sen. Nicholas Scutari to have Paul Coates seated as […]

Armstead assault case to go before municipal judge

ELIZABETH, NJ — Linden Mayor Derek Armstead will appear before a judge to face charges that he assaulted a city councilman during a caucus meeting last year as Elizabeth Municipal Court Judge Roman Montes ruled the case could move forward after hearing the mayor’s plea Feb. 22. The mayor is accused of striking Linden Councilman […]

Dykstra’s day in court over Linden home delayed

LINDEN, NJ — Lenny Dykstra’s day in court regarding accusations that he was running an illegal boarding house on a suburban cul-du-sac was delayed when the attorney for the former Major League All-Star failed to appear at a hearing. Attorney David Bahuriak, who has a history of taking on controversial athletes as clients, characterized his […]

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 […]