Former North Bergen Department of Public Works Deputy Director Timothy Grossi was indicted by the State Attorney General’s Office 40 months ago and his criminal trial appears nowhere in sight as he awaits a mental health evaluation.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
At a very brief hearing, lasting only a few minutes, in front of Bergen County Superior Court Judge Margaret Foti, Grossi’s attorney Jeffrey Garrigan asked for his client to be evaluated by a doctor on Friday, April 29th.
Depending on the outcome of this mental health evaluation, another one may be scheduled upon request, State AG’s Office spokesman Peter Aseltine confirmed today.
He added that the doctor would have to be someone both parties agree upon and that as of now, Grossi’s next hearing is scheduled for Monday, May 23rd, at 9:00 a.m.
Grossi received a postponement earlier this month after Garrigan asked the court to seriously consider his client’s recent mental health issues, which he says developed in the past three to six months.
Also a former aide to North Bergen DPW Commissioner Frank Gargiulo, Grossi is the last major player still awaiting a resolution to his indictment in late 2012.
The cases of ex-NB DPW Supervisors Troy Bunero and Francis Longo, which also featured testimony from ex-North Bergen DPW Superintendent James Wiley – who is cooperating with the government after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit official misconduct – were widely viewed as precursor to what to expect in Grossi’s trial.
Grossi faces charges nearly identical to Bunero and Longo, being accused of working political campaigns and performing personal chores while on township time.
Bunero and Longo were found guilty on all charges by a Hudson County Superior Court jury and were sentenced to five years each in a state prison.
Additionally, Hudson County View first reported, Joe Lorenzo, the brother-in-law of North Bergen DPW Commissioner Frank Gargiulo, pleaded guilty to theft by unlawful taking last month after being indicted in October for having DPW workers perform construction at his business.
Furthermore, the State AG’s Office is also currently investigating the North Bergen Parks and Recreation Department, which was raided just over a year ago and led to two employees being indicted in August for allegedly falsifying timesheets.