Secaucus promotion approved amid protest

The News Leader

January 26, 2010 9:59:19 PM PST
The Secaucus town board approved the promotion of Charles Snyder Sr. to Superintendent of Public Works despite protests by gay rights advocates. Snyder will take over the department starting Wednesday. He's worked for Public Works since 1974, and has served as assistant Superintendent since 2005.

Snyder resigned from the Secaucus volunteer fire department in 2008 after a local gay couple won a multimillion dollar lawsuit against the town. The couple claimed they were harassed while living next to the North End firehouse.

Snyder, his son and a third volunteer firefighter all resigned. They were never criminally charged, but were identified during the civil trial.

Before the meeting, all three firefighters decided they did not want to be reinstated to the department. The town was looking into the possibility of bringing back the three men, which also drew protests.

There were over 100 people at the town council meeting on Tuesday, which was held at the Secaucus Government Center on Paterson Plank Road. Garden State Equality held a protest outside the building before the event.