Giannuzzi to become chief of Mountainside PD

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ — The borough appears set to change Lt. Joseph Giannuzzi’s title to “police chief” from “officer in charge” more than a year after he was given command of the department amid a sexual harassment suit and scandal that saw the resignation or suspension of three officers. Council President and Police Committee Chairman Keith […]

County launches opioid addiction hotline program

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Officials have launched a new program — Helping Hands 365 — that features a 24/7 hotline connecting addicts with peers who have achieved sobriety in an effort to reduce opioid-related overdoses in the county. More than 130 county residents died of such overdoses in 2018. Prevention Links, a local nonprofit organization […]

Prosecutor rebuffs claim against former police chief

Prosecutor rebuffs claim against former police chief

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ — The Union County Prosecutor’s Office has found no proof that the borough’s former police chief pointed a gun at other officers — a claim contained in a sexual harassment lawsuit filed against the municipality in May. According to the letter dated Nov. 1 and signed by Acting Prosecutor Michael Monahan, the UCPO […]

Mountainside police chief, senior officer to retire

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ — Police Chief Allan Attanasio and Detective Sgt. Andrew Huber are retiring, borough officials have announced, two and a half months after they were identified in a lawsuit against the municipality accusing them of harassment. The two were removed from the borough’s payroll July 20, according to a statement read by Mayor Paul […]

Residents grill Mountainside council over police case

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – Several residents have told the mayor and Borough Council they are concerned that a recent lawsuit filed against the borough by five male police officers and a female clerical employee could raise taxes and decrease property values. At the June 19 council meeting, a $200,000 emergency appropriation was approved to help pay […]