Man charged with threatening Orange mayor apologizes

ORANGE - The man charged with threatening the life of the mayor of Orange has apologized.

The man's lawyers are accusing Mayor Eldridge Hawkins Jr. of playing politics, but the Department of Public Works employee still admits he made the threat. News 12 New Jersey first reported the story last night and spoke with the now-suspended DPW worker, William Hathaway, and his lawyers tonight.

The threat was allegedly made by Hathaway during an angry and profanity-laced rant that was secretly recorded and posted on YouTube.

Today, the 41-year-old Orange resident, who worked for the city part-time until he was suspended without pay and charged with making terroristic threats, issued an apology.

Hathaway's lawyers say his language may have been rough, but insist his comments never amounted to a threat against the mayor's life.

Orange DPW worker accused of making death threat against mayor

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