Frank Donato, a commissioner on the assailed Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission (PVSC), has gone on medical leave.
Donato, a former superior court judge who has a private law practice, earns $10,000 a year as a commissioner in addition to health and pension benefits. He said that the leave is unpaid, and declined to go into specifics about his medical condition.
“I haven’t resigned from the sewer commission, but I’m on medical leave of absence,” he told PolitickerNJ.com yesterday.
But Assemblyman Scott Rumana (R-Wayne) said he heard that Donato is going to resign altogether.
“It’s my understanding that he is going to resign. That’s not from a direct conversation with commissioner Donato,” he said. “The reality is that we are going to pursue our effort in cleaning up the commission. We appreciate the time that Commissioner Donato has spent on the board, but at this point I’m looking to work with the Christie administration to clean up a really big mess.”
The PVSC has become a poster boy for the excesses of quasi-independent agencies, and Christie recently brought it into the media spotlight by pointing out Executive Director Bryan Christiansen’s $313,000 salary . Christiansen has since announced that he plans to step down from the post on March 1.