Hackensack: We didn't do anything wrong, but here's a big check anyway

Hackensack City Council members agreed late Tuesday to settle a lawsuit filed by a former longtime city clerk for $775,000 rather than face trial in federal court.

Debra Heck, who worked for the city for 28 years until she was fired in 2013, claimed in court papers that city officials retaliated against her for dating and living with former city attorney Richard Salkin, a political adversary of the mayor and council.

In addition to the city, Heck sued Mayor John Labrosse, Deputy Mayor Kathleen Canestrino, Councilmen David Sims and Leonardo Battaglia, Councilwoman Rose Greenman and City Manager Anthony Rottino.

Heck’s lawyers asked …read more

Source: NJ.com Bergen

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