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Paterson school board awards $785,000 worth of legal contracts

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The city’s school board awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of legal contracts to 18 firms on Wednesday night.

Some of the firms receiving contracts have deep political ties.

For example, the firm of Hunt, Hamlin and Ridley lists Kenyatta Stewart, a local leader, who openly backed three sitting board members – Manny Martinez, Nakima Redmon, and Oshin Castillo — last year, as a partner.

Stewart’s firm is getting the largest contract.

Inglesino, Webster, Wyciskala & Taylor is tied to mayor Andre Sayegh’s business administrator Vaughn McKoy.

Elnardo Webster, a partner at the Inglesino, Webster, Wyciskala & Taylor, has held fundraisers for assemblyman Benjie Wimberly, who wields enormous influence over some board members.

Wimberly is also close to Stewart.

Abdelhadi & Associates is the law firm of municipal court judge Abdelmageid “John” Abdelhadi.

Some school board members objected to awarding so many legal contracts in January, but none registered any verbal objections on Wednesday.

The firms will handle civil cases, insurance litigation, workers compensation, real estate, and contracts.

School board members approved the pool of lawyers in a 5-1 vote. Emanuel Capers, Martinez, Kenneth Simmons, Redmon, and Castillo voted in favor. Joel Ramirez voted against. Jonathan Hodges, Eddy Olivares, and Robinson Rondon abstained.

Firms receiving $785,000 worth of legal work are:

  1. Florio Perrucci Steinhardt & Cappelli            $75,000
  2. Buglione, Heissenbuttel & De Yoe    Unspecified amount
  3. Apruzzese, McDermott, Mastro & Murphy   $80,000
  4. Inglesino, Webster, Wyciskala & Taylor        $75,000
  5. Hunt, Hamlin, Webster & Ridley       $210,000
  6. Robert E. Murray, LLC          $265,000 (previous year’s amount)
  7. Scarinci Hollenbeck    $100,000
  8. Abdelhadi & Associates         $25,000
  9. Adams, Gutierrez & Lattiboudere      Unspecified amount
  10. Brundo, Testan, Novell & Jimenez     Unspecified amount
  11. Gregg F. Paster & Associates Unspecified amount
  12. Purcell, Mulcahy & Flanagan Unspecified amount
  13. Leitner, Tort, Defazio & Brause         Unspecified amount
  14. Weiner Law Group LLP         Unspecified amount
  15. Law Office of Carmine R. Alampi     Unspecified amount
  16. Cleary, Giacobbe, Alfieri & Jacobs    Unspecified amount
  17. Pennington Law Group           Unspecified amount
  18. Capehart Scatchard     Unspecified amount.

The contracts run from Jul 1, 2019 through Jun. 30, 2020.

Email: jay@patersontimes.com

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  • bigron

    Surprise, surprise.

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