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Jonathan Boguchwal. (Photo: CLB Partners.)

Murphy to name union leaders to School Development Authority board

Governor also nominating Boguchwal to Rutgers post, Mulroy to Athletic Commission

By David Wildstein, September 14 2020 2:26 pm

Governor Phil Murphy is naming three labors to serve on the New Jersey Schools Development Authority Board of Directors.

The New Jersey Globe has learned that Murphy will nominate IBEW Local 164 business manager Daniel Gumble, NJ Laborers’ official Francisco Maldonado, and Operating Engineers Local 825 official Gina Sullivan for seats on the embattled agency’s board.

Murphy will also nominate two well-known Trenton lobbyists to nonsalaried but prestigious posts.

Jonathan Boguchwal, a lobbyist and former top aide to State Sen. Richard J. Codey (D-Roseland), will get a seat on the Rutgers University Board of Trustees.  Gene Mulroy will be nominated for a seat on the state Athletic Control Board.

Boguchwal returns to the Rutgers post after being originally named by Gov Jon Corzine, but removed when Republican Gov. Chris Christie nominated Andrew Berns to fill his seat in 2012. He is a principal at CLB Partners.

Maldonado is the senior counsel for policy and external affairs at the NJ Laborers’ and Employers’ Cooperation and Education Trust.  He served as an associate counsel to the Senate Majority Office under Senate President Steve Sweeney, and worked as an associate counsel and deputy executive director of the Assembly Democratic Majority office.

A former State Assembly staffer, Sullivan is the director of business development for the Operating Engineers Labor-Employer Cooperative.

The Schools Development Authority caused Murphy major headaches when one of his former campaign volunteers accused a top authority official of raping her.   Al Alvarez, the SDA chief of staff, had been a Murphy campaign staffer.

Later, the authority’s CEO, Lizette Delgado-Polanco, was ousted following allegations that she had hired friends and relatives to high-paying jobs.

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