Bergen Freeholder Chairman David Ganz and Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi (R-39) scrapped tonight at a meeting of the freeholders.
Up for re-election Nov. 4th, Democrat Ganz finally gaveled down Schepisi, who was present at the meeting in her professional role as an attorney.
A debate ensued, which grew intense with just over two weeks to go before Election Day.
Schepisi’s client, a County of Bergen employee, received a Rice Notice late last week indicating that the employee come in today to talk in public about GOP political operative Thom Ammirato (an ally of Bergen Executive Kathe Donovan).
If the employee didn’t show, the freeholders would discuss Ammirato in closed session.
Schepisi argued procedural defectiveness, claiming the Democratic-controlled freeholder board never voted to authorize the Rice Notice.
Schepisi said the client needed representation and the attorney needed time.
The freeholders’ attorney recommended that the board take a vote to file an order to show cause against Donovan and three employees (including Schepisi’s client) to force their appearance and testimony.
When the GOP assemblywoman stood to clarify whether it was proper for them to take such a vote and whether they would open the meeting to the public prior to a vote, Ganz gaveled her down and they voted.