Editor’s note: This article was updated with comment from Mountainside Mayor Paul Mirabelli at 3:10 p.m.
Council candidates in Mountainside are using a suit alleging a consistent sexual harassment by a pair of the borough’s police officers, including incidents involving the now-infamous dildo dubbed “big blue,” against incumbent council members, saying that the borough’s response to the suit was weak and incomplete.
Candidates Anjali Mehrotra and Ileana Montes on Tuesday said that the borough’s response to the allegations did not address a number of issues brought up by the suit, including allegations of a coverup perpetrated by the council.
The announcement was also not listed on the agenda for the council’s meeting on Monday.
The two candidates also called for an independent investigation of the council, the mayor’s administration and the Mountainside Police Department.