An attorney for Councilman Robert Costantino has filed a motion to dismiss the charges stemming from a September incident.
Costantino and Huber Street School teacher Dawn Leon were each charged with hindering after allegedly lying to police following a minor accident in Secaucus on the morning of September 23. Costantino and Leon were riding in an SUV near Third Street when they were sideswiped by a cement truck.
Costantino allegedly told police that Leon was driving at the time of the collision but police say that security cameras from a nearby home show the councilman behind the wheel. Records filed in Kearny Municipal Court indicate that men working at the scene did not see who was driving.
Both Costantino and Leon were issued summons which were returned to the police. A hearing was originally set for November 9 but has not yet been rescheduled.
Sean Pena of Weiner Law Group has filed a motion to dismiss the tickets, saying “It is our position the summons issued to Mr. Costantino and Ms. Leon are both factually and legally deficient. We believed that both summonses ultimately will be dismissed as a matter of law.”
The issue did not prevent Costantino from cruising to reelection as First Ward Councilman last week with more than 80 percent of votes cast.