|37th Mayor of Hoboken, New Jersey|
July 1, 2009 – July 31, 2009
|Preceded by||David Roberts|
|Succeeded by||Dawn Zimmer|
July 22, 1977 |
Wayne, New Jersey
|Alma mater||Boston University
Seton Hall University
Peter J. Cammarano III (born July 22, 1977) was the 37th Mayor of Hoboken, New Jersey, serving from July 1, 2009, to July 31, 2009. He was born in Wayne, New Jersey and attended Boston University and Seton Hall University School of Law. In a 2005 run-off election, he was elected Councilman-at-Large in Hoboken. At the time he was an associate attorney at Genova, Burns & Vernoia, a top election law firm.
On June 9, 2009, he won the Hoboken Mayor's race in a runoff election, though his victory against Dawn Zimmer was not without controversy, since his margin of victory was only 161 votes. Observers credited his victory to absentee and provisional ballots in combination with hiring many residents from districts that eventually voted in large numbers for him. Zimmer's three running mates won control of the city council despite Cammarano's mayoral victory.
Cammarano was sworn into office on July 1, 2009. At 32, Cammarano became the youngest mayor in city history.
On July 23, 2009, just 22 days after assuming office, Cammarano was arrested by the FBI as part of a major corruption and international money laundering conspiracy probe known as Operation Bid Rig. Cammarano was charged by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of New Jersey with accepting $25,000 in cash bribes from an undercover cooperating witness.
On July 31, 2009, Cammarano announced his resignation. Cammarano sent a letter to the city clerk saying his resignation was effective at noon. "I apologize to the residents of Hoboken for the disruption and disappointment this case has caused," he said in the letter.
Cammarano pled guilty on April 20, 2010 to extorting cash contributions in return for official influence and admitted accepting $25,000 in illicit cash contributions in exchange for exercising his future official influence and authority. Cammarano remained free on a $100,000 bond pending his sentence. On August 5, 2010, Cammarano was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison. In late September, 2010, Cammarano was designated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons to serve his 24-month sentence at the minimum security component at Lewisburg Federal Penitentiary in Pennsylvania and was scheduled to report there on October 4, 2010.
Peter Cammarano was released from Lewisburg Federal Prison Camp in Pennsylvania on Wednesday September 14, 2011 to a halfway house in New York.
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- Hoboken’s Mayor Resigns in Corruption Sweep (NYT)
- Cammarano pleads guilty to one count (Hoboken411)
- Hoboken Mayor Official Bio
- Election wrapup: Cammarano elected Hoboken mayor; Zimmer not conceding, has majority of council
- Hoboken Mayor Cammarano arrested by FBI: report
- Details of FBI allegations against Cammarano and former Councilman Michael Schaffer
- N.J. officials, N.Y. rabbis caught in federal money laundering, corruption sweep
- Cammarano & Schaffer criminal complaint, United States Department of Justice, July 23, 2009
- Former Hoboken mayor released to halfway house