NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Just ten days after two city councilmen announced their retirement, the city's Democratic Committee voted to endorse a ticket of three candidates for New Brunswick City Council in a closed meeting Thursday night.

The candidates include one incumbent, Elizabeth "Betsy" Garlatti, who has served on the Council since 2004.

The organization's "executive" committee met privately this week to interview four candidates for the remaining two spots.

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – A New Brunswick police lieutenant recently filed a lawsuit that claims Peter Mangarella, the city's police director from March 2010 to June 2011, used a racial slur that was derogatory of African-Americans.

The suit also said that Mayor James Cahill failed to take "appropriate remedial action," when it was brought to his attention by the police union.

Last January, in his sixteenth year on the police force, Steven Middleton, an African-American officer who lives in the city, was promoted to the rank of lieutenant.

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Eight years ago, she was the new kid on the block at the city council.  Now, Councilwoman Elizabeth Garlatti is poised to become the most senior member on the body if she can win re-election this November.

The city's Democratic Party organization announced yesterday that Garlatti will be seeking a third term on the city council, according to a report on

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – At Wednesday's Council meeting, New Brunswick City Councilman Kevin Egan said he was told that a New Brunswick police vehicle may have been involved in a drug crime charged to Andrew Ferrazzoli, 51, of Piscataway.

Ferrazzoli worked in the police department as a "services office manager" and was in charge of the department's vehicle maintenance and purchasing.

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