North Bergen DPW trial postponed, closing arguments moved to Tuesday

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The trial of North Bergen Department of Public Works Supervisors Troy Bunero and Francis Longo was scheduled to have closing arguments this morning, but today’s court proceeding has been postponed until Tuesday. 

Paul Faugno

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

As Hudson County View arrived in Judge Paul DePascale’s courtroom this morning, a court secretary informed us that today’s court proceeding has been postponed until Tuesday.

She added that both the criminal defense team, consisting of Brian Neary and Paul Faugno, and the government – represented by New Jersey Deputy Attorney General’s Victor Salgado and Julia Zukina – had filed motions in the case since Tuesday that were being reviewed by DePascale.

The court would not release any further details of what the motions were about.

The trial arguably hit a crescendo as the final witnesses took the stand on Tuesday, as one North Bergen DPW worked stated that workers filled potholes for a business owned by a relative of Commissioner Frank Gargiulo, while another worker said ex-Superintendent James Wiley forced him to commit voter fraud.

Zukina and Faugno could not be reached at their offices this morning, while Neary did not immediately return a call to his cell phone, but this story will be updated in the event comment is given.