Freeholder John Curley lost his bid in federal court today to prevent the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders from Censuring him and from updating the County’s sexual harassment and discrimination policy.
The Freeholders will reschedule the Special Meetings which were originally scheduled from this morning within the week.
Jonathan Testa, the attorney hired by the County to defend against Curley’s federal litigation, issued the following statement this afternoon:
“On behalf my my client, the Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, we are pleased the Court has affirmed the ability of the freeholders to conduct the business of the County and to address the pending time sensitive items.
“Our goal is to hold the meetings, originally scheduled for today, within the week.
“To not address and strengthen sexual harassment policies and expectations for all of our employees would be irresponsible, especially at this time.”
UPDATE: Curley’s attorney, Angelo Genova, issued the following statement in response to this article:
Mr. Gallagher: I just read your report regarding today’s proceeding . It is inaccurate and I commend you to change it to reflect what actually occurred. . First the Judge made no ruling, the parties settled by consent . The settlement was placed on the record by the judge and I suggest you secure the transcript and read it . The terms are: 1. Freeholder Curley’s lawsuit continues without prejudice to either party to pursue and/or defend ; 2. Freeholder Curley withdrew ,without prejudice, his application for a TRO and Preliminary Injunction ; 3. The Freeholders are free to schedule an executive session and/ or public session at their discretion ; 4. The county must restore immediately all benefits and emoluments of Freeholder Curley’s elected public office including staffing and full unfettered access to the Hall of Records; 5. The Report and its rebuttal must remain under seal and confidential ; 6. Freeholder Curley’s counsel will be invited to appear before the Executive Session if not impeded by relevant law.