Peter Cammarano

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Peter Cammarano
37th Mayor of Hoboken, New Jersey
In office
July 1, 2009 – July 31, 2009
Preceded by David Roberts
Succeeded by Dawn Zimmer
Personal details
Born (1977-07-22) July 22, 1977 (age 37)
Wayne, New Jersey, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Marita Cammarano (neé Erbeck)
Alma mater Boston University
Seton Hall University School of Law

Peter J. Cammarano III (born July 22, 1977) was the 37th Mayor of Hoboken, New Jersey, serving from July 1 until July 31, 2009.[1] On July 23, 2009, just 22 days after assuming office, Cammarano was arrested by the FBI as part of a major political corruption and international money laundering conspiracy probe known as Operation Bid Rig.[2]

Biography[edit]

He was born on July 22, 1977 in Wayne, New Jersey and attended Boston University and Seton Hall University School of Law.[3]

He moved to Hoboken, New Jersey in 2001 while attending Seton Hall University School of Law.[4] He was Hoboken's coordinator of the John Kerry presidential campaign, 2004, and in 2006 was the New Jersey legal director in Senator Robert Menendez's campaign.

In a 2005 run-off election, he was elected Councilman-at-Large in Hoboken.[3][5] At the time he was an associate attorney at Genova, Burns & Vernoia, a top election law firm.[6]

On June 9, 2009, Cammarano won the Hoboken Mayor's race in a runoff election, beating Dawn Zimmer by 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.[6]

Cammarano was sworn into office on July 1, 2009. At 32, Cammarano became the youngest mayor in city history.[7] On July 23, 2009, just 22 days after assuming office, Cammarano was arrested by the FBI as part of a major political 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.[8]

On July 31, 2009, Cammarano announced his resignation.[1]

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. He was succeeded by Zimmer, who had been elected council president and as such was next in line as acting mayor until elections could be held.[9]

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. The guilty plea effectively ended his political career; New Jersey, like most states, does not allow convicted felons to hold office.[10]

Sentence and release[edit]

On August 5, 2010, Cammarano was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison.[11] 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. He was released from Lewisburg Federal Prison Camp in Pennsylvania on Wednesday September 14, 2011 to a halfway house in New York.[12][13][14]He briefly described the food in prison as, "Worst than dog food". He also mentioned that the meat was grade F.

Disbarment[edit]

After his conviction, the New Jersey Supreme Court disciplinary review board decided to suspend Cammarano's law license for three years. The decision was appealed by the Office for Attorney Ethics to the Supreme Court who said that the former mayor’s behavior warranted an outright disbarment, to which the court agreed in September 2014.[15]

Current Life[edit]

Peter Cammarano still currently lives in Hoboken, NJ. He and his wife are divorced and he still sees his daughter. After his release from prison, Peter now works for a construction company.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Hoboken’s Mayor Resigns in Corruption Sweep". New York Times. July 31, 2009. Retrieved 2015-02-17. Peter Cammarano III, the mayor of Hoboken, N.J., who was arrested July 23 in a huge state corruption sweep, resigned effective at noon on Friday. ... 
  2. ^ "Jersey Mayors Stung in Graft Probe". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2015-02-17. The arrests in the public-corruption portion of the probe included the Democratic mayors of Hoboken and Secaucus, Peter Cammarano III and Dennis Elwell; Republican state Assemblyman Daniel Van Pelt; and Democrat Leona Beldini, the deputy mayor of Jersey City. 
  3. ^ a b Nate Schweber (July 25, 2009). "Hoboken Mayor, From Reformer to Defendant". New York Times. Retrieved 2015-02-17. Born in Wayne, N.J., Mr. Cammarano graduated from Boston University and moved to Hoboken while at Seton Hall University Law School. He joined a law firm, but his heart clearly was in politics. He was the city’s coordinator of the Kerry-Edwards campaign, and two years later was the state legal director in Senator Robert Menendez’s campaign. He was elected to Hoboken’s City Council in 2005. 
  4. ^ John R. D. Celock (2010). The Next Generation: Young Elected Officials and Their Impact. p. 176. ISBN 9781441193940. 
  5. ^ "Hoboken Mayor Official biodata". Hobokennj.org. July 23, 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-23. 
  6. ^ a b "Hoboken Mayoral Candidate Peter Cammarano No Longer Working at Genova, Burns and Vernoia". NJ.com. June 8, 2009. Retrieved 2012-05-19. 
  7. ^ "Peter Cammarano is sworn in as Hoboken's youngest mayor". The Jersey Journal. 2009-07-01. Retrieved 2009-07-23. 
  8. ^ "Criminal Complaint". 2009-07-23. Retrieved 2009-07-23. 
  9. ^ "Acting Hoboken mayor sworn in after Cammarano's resignation". The Star-Ledger. 2009-07-31. Retrieved 2009-07-31. 
  10. ^ Cammarano pleads guilty to one count Hoboken411.com; accessed January 24, 2014.
  11. ^ Cammarano sentenced to 24 months in prison, hoboken,patch.com; accessed January 24, 2014.
  12. ^ Cammarano released from prison, newyork.cbslocal.com; September 15, 2011; accessed January 24, 2014.
  13. ^ "Former Hoboken mayor released to halfway house", chron.com; accessed January 24, 2014.
  14. ^ "NJ Supreme Court disbars ex-Hoboken mayor who admitted taking bribes". Jersey Journal. September 17, 2014. Retrieved 2015-02-14. Former Hoboken Mayor Peter Cammarano, who was sentenced to two years behind bars after admitting to accepting bribes from a corrupt developer, has been disbarred by the state Supreme Court 
  15. ^ Philis, Micheal (September 17, 2014). "Ex-Hoboken mayor disbarred for taking bribes". The Record. Retrieved 2014-09-15. 

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