Before the Senate Judiciary Committee voted unanimously to release Robert Czech’s nomination as state Civil Service Commissioner, State Sen. Nicholas Scutari (D-Linden) questioned Czech on his affiliation with Chasan Leyner & Lamparello, a politically connected, Democratic-leaning North Jersey law firm. Czech said he had a part-time affiliation with the firm until the end of last year, and performed his work on his own time while serving as the full-time Monmouth County administrator. He said he was a consultant, and not the attorney of record on any of their cases.
There was no mention of Ralph Lamparello, the managing partner at the firm, who is also the part-time Assistant Counsel for the embattled Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission. From the firm’s website: “As a result of his legal proficiency and judgment, Ralph currently holds appointments as Special Counsel for the City of Bayonne, County of Bergen, the County of Hudson, the City of Newark, the Township of North Bergen, the City of Paterson and the Town of Secaucus. Previously the Corporation counsel for the Town of Kearny for 1997 and 1998, he presently serves as General Counsel for the Bergen County Improvement Authority and Assistant Counsel for the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commissioners, which includes 48 member and contributing municipalities from four different counties.”