|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, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Marita Cammarano (neé Erbeck)|
|Alma mater||Boston University
Seton Hall University School of Law
||This article includes a list of references, but its sources remain unclear because it has insufficient inline citations. (January 2014)|
Peter J. Cammarano III (born July 22, 1977) was the 37th Mayor of Hoboken, New Jersey, serving from July 1 until 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, 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.
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. He was succeeded by Zimmer, who had been elected council president and as such was next in line for the mayorship.
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.
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. He was released from Lewisburg Federal Prison Camp in Pennsylvania on Wednesday September 14, 2011 to a halfway house in New York.
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.
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