Bello Resigns from Environmental Commission
Named in lawsuit filed by resident.
Jerry Bello has resigned as chairman of the environmental commission.
The mayor's office confirmed Bello resigned this morning.
Bello could not be reached for comment.
Bello was named in a lawsuit by resident Bill Brennan. Brennan said Bello held the office illegally. Brennan suit states that Bello should not have been allowed to serve on the commission because he was convicted of official misconduct in 1994. Bello allegedly took bribes while he was chairman of the Paterson Improvement Authority. He was sentenced to four years probation.
Brennan passed out copies of the lawsuit and made and announcement about Bello's appointment before the council meeting Wednesday night.
"It cures one of the symptoms, but not the disease. The very people who appointed him are still in power and are going to replace him," Brennan said. "He had no choice. The law is clear."