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Report: Alvarez to appear before Select Committee

By Nikita Biryukov, March 06 2019 4:25 pm

Former Schools Development Authority chief of staff Al Alvarez will testify before the Select Committee on Oversight investigating his hiring, NJ Advanced Media reported Wednesday.

The committee has issued a subpoena ordering Alvarez to appear and testify before the panel on Tuesday, March 12.

Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, one of the committee’s co-chairs, told NJ Advanced Media that the committee’s questions to Alvarez will be limited in scope to hiring policies and will not touch on the alleged sexual assault.

State Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency chief of staff Katie Brennan has accused Alvarez of sexually assaulting her in April 2017, when he was in charge of Muslim and Latino outreach for Gov. Phil Murphy’s campaign, for which Brennan would later volunteer.

Alvarez has denied Brennan’s allegations.

The committee asked Alvarez to give testimony early in its life, but he declined to appear.

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