State Supreme Court Declines To Hear Elizabeth Superintendent’s Appeal

ELIZABETH — The state Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal of a judgement against Elizabeth’s superintendent of schools and former school board president, but a lawyer for the two men plans to ask the court to reconsider, according to a report by

In January, an Appellate Division panel ruled that Superintendent Pablo Munoz and former school board president Rafael Fajardo were responsible for $63,622 in legal costs incurred by the school board in a 2006 defamation suit that they and the district filed against various unidentified defendants.

That lawsuit followed an anonymous mailing to city resident of a letter purportedly written by Munoz to Fajardo that was intended to affect voter turnout in the 2006 Elizabeth City Council election.

Antonio Rivera filed a suit to prevent the Elizabeth school board from continuing to use taxpayer money to pursue what he saw a as a personal political grudge and won a summary judgement in 2011 that required Munoz and Fajardo to repay the Board of Education.

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