Weinberg suggests select committee hearings nearing their end

The Select Committee on Oversight investigation into the hiring of Al Alvarez is entering its final stages, committee co-chair Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg suggested in a letter Wednesday. “The Committee is now entering the phase where we will hear from experts on the challenges facing survivors, as well as from experts on State employment law, to assist us in developing policies and procedures that ensure that survivors are taken

Lawmakers grow frustrated with Alvarez hiring mystery

Lawmakers on the Select Committee on oversight grew more frustrated after Tuesday ended as yet another day of testimony without the committee learning who hired former Schools Development Authority chief of staff Al Alvarez. Lynn Haynes, who was director of personnel for Gov. Phil Murphy’s transition, testified Tuesday that former Murphy chief of staff Pete Cammarano, Murphy chief counsel Matt Platkin and transition executive director Jose Lozano were the few

Cammarano: Alvarez hiring powers were restricted

Gov. Phil Murphy’s outgoing chief of staff Pete Cammarano on Tuesday said Al Alvarez, formerly deputy director of personnel for Murphy’s transition, was stripped of his hiring power in December 2017. “Counsel told us that we should take action to ensure that Mr. Alvarez was not in a position to retaliate against the alleged victim (whomever she might be) by limiting his hiring responsibilities and his ability to reject any

Murphy maintains he first learned of Alvarez accusations on Oct. 2

It’s still too early to tell what consequences Gov. Phil Murphy and his team do or do not face as a result of the Special Committee investigation into the hiring of Al Alvarez, but the testimony of Katie Brennan has already put the governor under some amount of scrutiny. Brennan, who is chief of staff at the Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency, has accused Alvarez of sexually assaulting her in

Special committee hasn’t ruled out asking Murphy to testify

Assemblywoman Eliana Pintor Marin, co-chair of the special committee investigation into the hiring of Al Alvarez, said the panel has not ruled out calling for Gov. Phil Murphy to appear and testify before the committee. “I don't think that anything is ruled out at this point,” Pintor Marin said. “Obviously, us going back today and having a discussion as chairs and with our attorneys and discussing the clear timeline that

Special committee may examine Alvarez hirings

The special committee investigation into the hiring of former Schools Development Authority chief of staff Al Alvarez may end up looking into hirings Alvarez made himself when he was deputy director of personnel for Gov. Phil Murphy’s transition. Committee co-chairs Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg and Assemblywoman Eliana Pintor Marin did not clearly state one way or another whether they would look into those hires. “If he chooses to come

Brennan asked to testify on Dec. 4

Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg and Assemblywoman Eliana Pintor Marin, both co-chairs of the Select Committee investigating the hiring of Al Alvarez, said they have asked Katie Brennan, who accused Alvarez of sexual assault, to testify at the committee's first hearing on Dec. 4. “This is a special committee with weighty responsibilities that we take very seriously and I fully intend to have this committee do its work in a