NJ councilwoman tried to avoid car tow before hit-and-run

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CITY OF JERSEY — A video that has just been published shows that a councilor who is now facing calls to resign over a hit-and-run last month was towed away last year, just weeks after being elected.

“I’ve been endorsed by Jersey City police, I’m a counselor,” Amy DeGise told a Hoboken police officer on Nov. 19, 2021. The comment was caught on body camera as the officer explained it at the time recently elected to -high councilor why its vehicle was towed.

DeGise has come under scrutiny following CCTV footage that appeared to show her punching an UberEats rider and leaving the scene on July 19. Since the hit-and-run, it has been reported that his vehicle has been impounded twice in the past few years.

Councilwoman Amy DeGise is charged with leaving the scene after hitting a cyclist on 7/19/2022. (HudPost.com)

Councilwoman Amy DeGise is charged with leaving the scene after hitting a cyclist on 7/19/2022. (HudPost.com)

The View of Hudson County obtained the body camera video through an Open Public Records Act request and reported that DeGise’s vehicle was taken to park in an illegal location and its registration had expired.

“Okay, I’ve got some bad news. First, you were hit by a spinning tractor-trailer, partly because you’re in an area with no stopping or standing,” Officer Ramon said. Calderon: “The other part is that your car hasn’t been registered since 2019, so it’s going to be impounded until you register it and then you can get it back.”

In her attempt not to be towed, DeGise told Calderon she needed to get back to work as a teacher, that she had a family member who was a cop, and that she was reaching out to someone. from the Hoboken Mayor’s Office. But Calderon was not influenced.

Amy DeGise’s vehicle about to be towed Nov. 19, 2021. (Hudson County View)

Amy DeGise’s vehicle about to be towed Nov. 19, 2021. (Hudson County View)

“I’m sorry. There’s nothing else I can do, it’s New Jersey state law. If you want, you can take whatever you need from the vehicle” Calderon said, offering to help DeGise find alternative transportation.

This is not the first time that she has had a vehicle confiscated. A police blotter said that on February 18, 2017, DeGise went to Secaucus police to retrieve her vehicle after it was seized at the time.

The blotter also revealed that DeGise had a warrant for her arrest in Jersey City for $100. She posted bail and was released.

DeGise spokesman Phil Sbibinksi said the adviser would not resign. Swibinski said new jersey globe that she will not comment publicly until the “legal process” is complete.

“She will not resign and plans to complete her term and continue in public service. Amy acknowledges the calls that have been made for more information and transparency,” Swinbinski said.

About 75 protesters gathered in the pedestrian square on Saturday to demand that DeGise resign. Two other city councilors, James Solomon and Frank Gilmore, have also called for his resignation.

Rick Rickman is a reporter for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at [email protected]

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