January 30, 2020
On January 21, 2020, Councilperson Gretchen Hickey Delivered a fiery speech at the Linden City Council meeting. Where she condemned the vote to authorize public funds to hire the Law Firm of Arleo & Donohue of West Orange, NJ, to defend Councilman Ralph Strano. In an FBI Investigation into allegations that he received thousands in Free private hanger space. While serving as a member & sometimes Chairman of the Airport Committee.
It seems that the use of $10,000 of taxpayer money for an attorney, for what appears to be an allegation of accepting free or reduced hanger space for his Private Plane should be a burden for Mr. Strano, not the taxpayers.
It is worth noting that the airport has been under a recent investigation by the FAA, for failure to be maintained according to Government guidelines & Standers. Which resulted in the FAA issuing a 13.1 action plan to bring the airport into safe & compliant operation. Listed below you will find links to our earlier investigations into the airport.