“The NBCCG has been committed to rooting out corruption and intimidation in North Bergen for more than year. The organization, working with a slate of independent candidates in last year’s commission election documented the intimidation tactics of the Sacco Administration on videotape and brought the concerns of many citizens to the attention of law enforcement officials.
We are glad to see that justice is being served with the indictment today of Tim Grossi, one of Mayor Nick Sacco’s most prominent political operatives, who along with other Sacco political insiders, are finally feeling the sting of justice.
We must note that none of this would have happened if brave and committed people – running under the “Citizens for Change” slogan did not stand up to fight against the Sacco machine in last year’s North Bergen Commission election. It was these people who taped town DPW employees removing rival campaign literature from people’s doors while working on town time. It was these people who notified the media and law enforcement authorities in Trenton when Grossi was caught on tape demanding that a store owner remove a rival team’s political sign from her window. It was these people who spotlighted the DPW employees engaging in illegal political activities.
To date, neither Commissioner Frank Gargiulo, who oversees DPW operations, nor Nick Sacco have admitted their part in or knowledge of the illegal activity.
How long is Mayor Sacco going to pretend that he had no knowledge of what went on at the DPW Center? How long is Mayor Sacco going to pretend that he didn’t authorize public employees to take part in illegal political activities? Nothing in this town moves without Sacco’s okay, yet we are to believe he had no part in putting public employees to work for campaign purposes that benefitted him and those he supported both in North Bergen and elsewhere in Hudson County.
We encourage the state attorney general’s office to continue its investigation of North Bergen and to help the oppressed residents of this town reform our town government. Our citizens deserve honest, open government and an end to intimidation and political cronyism that benefits the few at the expense of the many.” –Mario Blanch, attorney and member of NBCCG