Trial of ex-North Bergen DPW Deputy Director Grossi delayed until 2017

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Former North Bergen Department of Public Works Deputy Director Timothy Grossi will not stand trial until 2017 at the earliest, after a judge ruled that a medical condition has made him incompetent for trial.Timothy Grossi

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“[Bergen County] Superior Court Judge Margaret Foti ruled that Grossi is not competent to stand trial at this time due to his medical condition,” New Jersey Attorney General’s Office spokesman Peter Aseltine told Hudson County View via email.

The matter, where Grossi has been charged with working political campaigns and performing personal chores while on township time, was adjourned until January 9, 2017.  Grossi was indicted by the state AG’s office back on December 17, 2012.

At that point, the court will review whether or not his medical condition, which was not disclosed, has improved enough for him to stand trial, Aseltine said.

“After that, if he is still not competent, the court will do periodic reviews (approx. every 6 months) to determine whether his medical condition has improved enough for him to be able to stand trial,” he added.

Back in April, Hudson County View reported that Grossi was going to have his mental health evaluated. Grossi’s attorney in the matter, Jeffrey Garrigan of Jersey City, could not be reached for further comment.

Former North Bergen DPW Supervisors Troy Bunero and Francis Longo were convicted on a multitude of charges, including official misconduct, by a Hudson County Superior Court jury in June 2015.

The two began serving their five-year prison sentences about two weeks ago.