Media: NJ officials use public generators at home

Associated Press Modified: November 14, 2012 at 12:16 am •  Published: November 13, 2012
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"Yes, I did take it. I asked for it," Bracco said, according to the paper. "I don't believe it was wrong. I had my 86-year-old mother at my house in Wayne with me, and I had been working in North Haledon for 24 hours. I didn't have time to go out and buy a generator."

Bracco also returned the generator the next day, the paper reported.

Haledon's lawyer was not immediately available for comment when called by The Associated Press. The police chief did not immediately return a call for comment.

North Haledon Councilman Robert Dyer said the borough attorney is investigating. Attorney Michael DeMarco declined to comment.

The Record reported that Geoffrey Zoeller, superintendent of Westwood Regional School District, used a district generator and truck during the storm. The paper reported Zoeller kept the generator in his house after leaving for vacation in Florida. He returned the generator and defended his actions last week, saying the equipment allowed him to work remotely and make it out of a remote area, the paper said.

The school board is investigating.

In an email to The Associated Press, Zoeller declined to comment.