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#1 Jul 26, 2013
North Bergen towing firm accused of concocting 'scheme' to win more county business
John's Main Auto Body on Union Turnpike in North Bergen (Ashlee Espinal/The Jersey Journal)
Terrence T. McDonald/The Jersey Journal By Terrence T. McDonald/The Jersey Journal
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on July 22, 2013 at 2:32 PM, updated July 22, 2013 at 2:33 PM
NORTH BERGEN – Hudson County officials are accusing a Union Turnpike towing company of trying to dupe the county into giving it business, and the firm may now be blacklisted from winning future contracts with the county.
Four companies owned or co-owned by John’s Main Auto Body owner John Appello submitted proposals to win spots in Hudson County's tow rotation list, even though county officials had said only one company owned or controlled by an individual would be allowed to submit proposals.
In a July 3 memo obtained by The Jersey Journal, Hudson County Counsel Donato Battista calls Appello’s actions a “concerted scheme” to win more business with the county. County lawyers are investigating whether Appello’s companies can now be “disbarred” from doing business with the county, the memo reads.
The four companies are John’s Main Towing, John’s Main Auto Body, Main Garage Corp. and Planet Towing. According to Battista’s memo, Appello is a principal in all four.
Appello, 53, denies he did anything wrong. Speaking by phone to The Jersey Journal, he said all four companies are valid businesses that should have a shot to tow vehicles for the county. He did not dispute that he owns or co-owns all of them.
“I’m not that clever that I would be able to fool the county,” Appello said.
Seven companies in total submitted proposals to get into the county rotation, and all four of Appello’s firms were disqualified. A fifth, Truchan’s Towing, of Jersey City, was also rejected for failure to submit required material, according to Battista’s memo.
County spokesman Jim Kennelly said county officials plan to assist with a criminal prosecution “to deter future attempts at this sort of thing.” Appello declined to respond to the threat of criminal charges.
"I can't really comment on that,” he said.“You're telling me something I haven't heard."
#2 Jul 26, 2013
Main towing is an official towing agent for the Township of Guttenberg, It is my understanding that Main towing holds several positions on the current Guttenberg towing rotation. How is such an un justice allowed to continue? This activity is in direct violation of any and all State and local towing rotation lists that have been created to allow fair, honest and un corrupted towing to towing agencies that meet the minimum standards set forth. It furthermore is in violation of Anti Trust laws made to protect against just such activity. This sort of criminal activity must be dealt with swiftly and justly.
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