Ethics committee will reexamine Coniglio complaint

The Joint Legislative Committee on Ethical Standards will revisit a complaint filed against State Sen. Joe Coniglio that they had previously dismissed.

Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan had filed a complaint to the committee earlier this year, accusing Coniglio of helping Hackensack University Medical Center, which had recently hired him as a plumbing consultant, lobby for state aid. The complaint was dismissed after Coniglio said he did not make any requests for the grants and merely voted on them.

But after Coniglio received a target letter from the US Attorney over his role in securing state grants for HUMC, GOP State Sen. Diane Allen asked the committee to take another look at the accusation. The panel met this morning and discussed a letter to the Department of Human Services that had surfaced advocating for the grants. It was signed by Coniglio and two fellow 38th district legislators: Assemblyman Bob Gordon and Assemblywoman Joan Voss.

“We’ve asked him to account for the quite clear contradiction and whether he told the committee the truth,” said State Sen. Gerald Cardinale, who sits on the panel.

 

Ethics committee will reexamine Coniglio complaint