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Their COVID-19 bills? No problem, taxpayers paid a million dollars for the best Lyndhurst Commissioners’ health benefits.

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God forbid! What if a careless Lyndhurst Commissioner or their family caught COVID-19?

Thank God, Lyndhurst taxpayers pay for only the best government funded healthcare for The Bobby Bunch


On October 11, 2020, I asked my attorney to get the public records for what these Lyndhurst Commissioners’ health benefits costs Lyndhurst taxpayers…

To the Township of Lyndhurst

Dear Township Clerk White,

Please accept this request pursuant to OPRA and the common law right of access. 

I request, on behalf of a client, a record of all payments (i.e. invoice or vendor activity log documenting payments) made by year for personal health insurance coverage for the following Commissioners and their families, if also insured, from January 2013 to present day:

Commissioner Karen Haggerty

Commissioner John Montillo

Mayor/Commissioner Robert Giangeruso

Commissioner Thomas DiMaggio

Commissioner Richard Jarvis

Please note such information is public pursuant to Michelson v. Wyatt, 379 N.J. Super. 611, 626 (App. Div. 2005), which held that there is a common law right to access “public records that reveal the type of coverage elected by eligible employees, officials, and retirees.”

You can forward all records to me and I will pass them along to my client, David Sivella.

CJ GRIFFIN, Esq.


THE ANSWER?

In 2013, there were NO payments made by the Lyndhurst government for personal health insurance benefits for Lyndhurst Commissioners or their families, according to Township Officials.

However, STARTING in 2014 through today, Lyndhurst taxpayers have paid a total of $978,495.07 for personal health insurance benefits for Lyndhurst Commissioners and their families.



Haggerty

2014 Lyndhurst paid for Haggerty personal health insurance: $26,000.08

2015 Lyndhurst paid for Haggerty personal health insurance: $27,540.72

2016 Lyndhurst paid for Haggerty personal health insurance: $28,366.92

2017 Lyndhurst paid for Haggerty personal health insurance: $30,324.24

2018 Lyndhurst paid for Haggerty personal health insurance: $31,233.96

2019 Lyndhurst paid for Haggerty personal health insurance: $32,327.10

2020 Lyndhurst paid for Haggerty personal health insurance: $37,279.44

TOTAL 2014-2020 Lyndhurst paid for Haggerty Family health insurance: $213,072.46

NOTE: Commissioner Haggerty, who currently works for and could be covered by the state government, prefers her health insurance to be paid by Lyndhurst taxpayers on her retired husband’s Lyndhurst police benefits.


Montillo

2014 Lyndhurst paid for Montillo personal health insurance: $25,413.83

2015 Lyndhurst paid for Montillo personal health insurance: $26,919.72

2016 Lyndhurst paid for Montillo personal health insurance: $27,727.32

2017 Lyndhurst paid for Montillo personal health insurance: $29,640.48

2018 Lyndhurst paid for Montillo personal health insurance: $30,529.68

2019 Lyndhurst paid for Montillo personal health insurance: $31,598.19

2020 Lyndhurst paid for Montillo personal health insurance: $36,438.84

TOTAL 2014-2020 Lyndhurst paid for Montillo Family health insurance: $208,268.07

NOTE: Before he became a Lyndhurst Commissioner, Montillo, a private business electrical contractor, had to pay his own family health insurance…but since 2014, Montillo prefers his full health insurance to be paid by Lyndhurst taxpayers, even though Montillo is only a part-time elected official.


Giangeruso

2014 Lyndhurst paid for Giangeruso personal health insurance: $23,147.24

2015 Lyndhurst paid for Giangeruso personal health insurance: $24,518.76

2016 Lyndhurst paid for Giangeruso personal health insurance: $25,254.36

2017 Lyndhurst paid for Giangeruso personal health insurance: $26,996.88

2018 Lyndhurst paid for Giangeruso personal health insurance: $27,806.76

2019 Lyndhurst paid for Giangeruso personal health insurance: $28,780.02

2020 Lyndhurst paid for Giangeruso personal health insurance: $33,188.94

TOTAL 2014-2020 Lyndhurst paid for Giangeruso Family health insurance: $189,692.96

NOTE: Mayor/Commissioner Giangeruso, Medicare eligible age 72, prefers his health insurance to be paid by Lyndhurst taxpayers as a retired Lyndhurst Police Officer…only the best for Bobby!


DiMaggio

2014 Lyndhurst paid for DiMaggio personal health insurance: $23,147.24

2015 Lyndhurst paid for DiMaggio personal health insurance: $24,518.76

2016 Lyndhurst paid for DiMaggio personal health insurance: $25,254.36

2017 Lyndhurst paid for DiMaggio personal health insurance: $26,996.88

2018 Lyndhurst paid for DiMaggio personal health insurance: $27,806.76

2019 Lyndhurst paid for DiMaggio personal health insurance: $28,780.02

2020 Lyndhurst paid for DiMaggio personal health insurance: $33,188.94

TOTAL 2014-2020 Lyndhurst paid for DiMaggio Family health insurance: $189,692.96

NOTE: Before he became a Lyndhurst Commissioner, DiMaggio, a private business mortgage broker, had to pay his own family health insurance…but since 2014, DiMaggio prefers his full health insurance to be paid by Lyndhurst taxpayers, even though DiMaggio is only a part-time elected official and Medicare eligible.




Jarvis

2014 Lyndhurst paid for Jarvis personal health insurance: $6,348.99

2015 Lyndhurst paid for Jarvis personal health insurance: $26,919.72

2016 Lyndhurst paid for Jarvis personal health insurance: $27,727.32

2017 Lyndhurst paid for Jarvis personal health insurance: $26,996.88

2018 Lyndhurst paid for Jarvis personal health insurance: $27,806.76

2019 Lyndhurst paid for Jarvis personal health insurance: $28,780.02

2020 Lyndhurst paid for Jarvis personal health insurance: $33,188.94

TOTAL 2014-2020 Lyndhurst paid for Jarvis Family health insurance: $177,768.63

NOTE: Before his wife became Mayor Giangeruso’s secretary, Jarvis, a private business plumbing contractor, had to pay his own family health insurance…but in 2014, Jarvis preferred to start having his health insurance paid by Lyndhurst taxpayers.


Read the official documents of personal insurance bills paid by the Lyndhurst government between 2014 and 2020 for part-time Commissioners Haggerty, Montillo, Giangeruso, DiMaggio and Jarvis (and their families):


Haggerty, Montillo, Giangeruso, DiMaggio and Jarvis health insurance coverage cost Lyndhurst taxpayers a total of $978,495.07 since 2014.

Had enough?

There are only 174 days left until May 11, 2021.

Who pays for your health insurance?


Are Part-Time elected-officials allowed to get Full-Time health benefits?

June 1, 2018

In 2010, at the depth of the recession, Gov. Chris Christie signed into law a number of reforms designed to reduce benefit costs at a time when governments were hurting for revenue and looking for ways to save money.

The most impactful part of the law was a requirement that all public employees must contribute a minimum of 1.5 percent of their base salary toward health benefit costs.

The legislation also said that only elected officials who work 35 or more hours a week could be considered full-time and be eligible for benefits.

The law also allowed elected officials, who were enrolled in the benefit programs, to remain in the program as long as they continuously remain in office. 

https://www.mycentraljersey.com/story/news/investigations/watchdog/government/2018/06/01/nj-health-benefits-local-elected-officials/655017002/


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