New Jersey Mayor Charged with Operating Illegal Business and Racial Slurs Investigation
– New Jersey Attorney General Matthew Platkin is filing criminal charges against Clark Mayor Salvator Bonaccorso after an investigation into racial slurs allegedly made by the mayor.
– Bonaccorso, while acting in his official capacity as mayor, operated his landscaping and illegal tank removal business out of his township office, using municipal resources to run the company.
– He is also charged with witness tampering and falsifying records, including fraudulently using an engineer’s name, license number, and forged signature on permit applications for tank removals.
In a shocking turn of events, New Jersey Attorney General Matthew Platkin has filed criminal charges against Clark Mayor Salvator Bonaccorso. This comes after an investigation into racial slurs allegedly made by the mayor. The charges also include allegations of operating an illegal business out of his township office, utilizing municipal resources to run his landscaping and tank removal company. Additionally, Bonaccorso is charged with witness tampering and falsifying records, including using fraudulent information on permit applications for tank removals.
The criminal charges stem from another investigation into the police department, its chief, and claims of racist comments made by the mayor. This investigation led to a 43-page report alleging racially-motivated arrests and a failure to investigate allegations of misconduct. As a result, the police department is now under the county’s supervision, and Platkin is making a series of recommendations for the department, including demanding the resignation or firing of the police chief. However, only the mayor has the authority to fire the police chief.
The community’s response to the charges has been mixed, with some residents expressing shock and disappointment, while others continue to support Bonaccorso. One resident, Debbie Flanagan, stated, “If a mayor or someone or politician is doing illegal things, then they should resign.” On the other hand, another resident praised Bonaccorso for his leadership, saying, “Clark is very good, a good place. And [Bonaccorso] made it better than the mayor before him.”
As the legal proceedings unfold, it remains to be seen how the situation will impact the leadership and governance of Clark, New Jersey. It is a challenging time for the community, and the outcome of the criminal charges will undoubtedly have a significant impact on the future of the township.
Overall, the allegations and charges against Mayor Bonaccorso have sent shockwaves through the township, raising concerns about ethical conduct in public office and the need for accountability and transparency in local government. The case serves as a stark reminder of the importance of upholding the highest standards of integrity and ethical behavior in public service.