Mayors of ‘Boken, Secaucus, and others nabbed in FBI sweep

A far-reaching FBI probe swept up more than 30 people this morning including Hoboken Mayor Peter Cammarano, Secaucus Mayor Dennis Elwell, Jersey City Council President Mariano Vega and Jersey City Deputy Mayor Leona Beldini, The Star-Ledger reported.

The probe apparently originated with an FBI and IRS investigation into money transfers being made between Syrian Jewish communities in Brooklyn and New Jersey, where some morning raids targeted Ocean County synagogues and Jewish schools, according to the report.

Also arrested this morning was Ocean Township Mayor Daniel Van Pelt, a sitting assemblyman who was one of the few Republicans swept up in the wave of arrests.

The Trenton offices of Joseph Doria, the sitting commissioner of the state Department of Community Affairs and a former 12-term assemblyman, state senator, and speaker of the state Assembly were also raided, as was his home.

Mayor Cammarano, who works at the political powerhouse law firm of Genova, Burns & Vernoia in Newark, helped defend Mayor Douglas H. Palmer during the lawsuit over former Police Director Joseph Santiago’s residency.

In regards to the arrest of a Hoboken Housing Authority officer last week due to bribery Mr. Cammarano said, “This Administration has a clear-cut, zero tolerance policy against any violation of the public trust and I am calling for Housing Authority Commissioner Claveria to resign his position with the Hoboken Housing Authority immediately.”


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