Assemblyman says he's trying to save environment, rejects criticism

Scott Rumana is a state Assemblyman from North Jersey, and the former mayor of Wayne. For 10 years, he's been pushing a plan he says

WAYNE - Scott Rumana is a state Assemblyman from North Jersey, and the former mayor of Wayne. For 10 years, he's been pushing a plan he says will save money and save the environment. But a Kane in Your Corner investigation shows that some say the only person Rumana is looking out for is himself. When Rumana was mayor, he made a deal with a company called Wayne Energy to build a cogeneration plant. Rumana claimed that he was just trying to save people money on their electric bills.

However, in addition to hiring Wayne Energy to sell power to the town, Rumana also runs Wayne Energy. Residents say that it presents a conflict of interest because Rumana represented both the taxpayers and the company when he made the deal.

Resident Bill Brennan filed a complaint about Rumana with the State Ethics Commission. Other critics include the New Jersey attorney general, the State Department of Community Affairs and the Board of Public Utilities.

Wayne Energy has not begun work on a power plant yet, but Wayne residents are already out more than $2 million.

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