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Lopatcong Township mayor target of recall attempt

Thomas McCay accused of personnel attacks and harassment

LOPATCONG TWP., N.J. - A Warren County mayor has become the target of a recall effort less than a year into his first term in office.

The Committee to Recall Thomas M. McKay has submitted a peition to recall the Republican, who took office in January.

The petition filed last Friday alleges McKay has eroded confidence in the mayor's office through "allegations, personal attacks ... and dictatorial personality." McKay's leadership has left him powerless to interact with certain township employees and volunteers, according to the petition.

The organizers behind the petition also accuse the mayor of sexually harassing at least one township employee and volunteer. The recall petition sponsors are listed as Robert Spagna, Edmund T. Schuster and William D. Wright.

READ: Lopatcong Township recall petition

They estimate a special election to recall McKay would cost $20,632.

McKay could not immediately be reached for comment.

State law dictates recall elections. The organizing committee now has 160 days to collect signatures totaling 25 percent of voters registered to vote in November.

The target of the recall is then given an opportunity to respond.

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