Gerald McCann

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Gerald McCann
Member of the Jersey City Board of Education
In office
2007 – April 27, 2010
41st Mayor of Jersey City
In office
July 1, 1989 – February 13, 1992
Preceded by Anthony R. Cucci
Succeeded by Marilyn Roman
39th Mayor of Jersey City
In office
July 1, 1981 – June 30, 1985
Preceded by Thomas F. X. Smith
Succeeded by Anthony R. Cucci
Personal details
Born (1950-03-20) March 20, 1950 (age 66)
Jersey City, New Jersey
Political party Democratic
Residence Jersey City, New Jersey
Profession Accountant
Religion Catholic

Gerald McCann (born March 20, 1950) is an American Democratic Party politician who served two non-consecutive terms as mayor of Jersey City, New Jersey before being convicted of fraud in a savings and loan scam. When he was elected in 1981 he was the second youngest mayor in the city's history.[1]


Born in the Greenville section of Jersey City on March 20, 1950, he served as mayor from 1981 to 1985 and again from 1989 to 1992. In 1992, "He was indicted for mail fraud, bank fraud, tax evasion, making false statements to the IRS, and failure to file his taxes." [2] The prosecutor was then–United States Attorney Michael Chertoff. McCann said of the lead prosecutor, "It will become obvious that they were insane to bring this case in the first place. And we are going to send Mr. Chertoff back to preparing wills. Maybe I can find him a job driving a sanitation truck in Jersey City." [2] McCann was convicted on 15 of 16 counts.[3] He spent two years in federal prison.

As a convicted felon, McCann was barred from running for political office again.[4]

In February, 2010, McCann was hired as an inspector for the city's incinerator authority.[1]


  1. ^ a b Evan Serpick (October 7, 2011). "That Felon Inspecting Trash? He Used to Be Mayor". New York Times. Retrieved 2011-10-08. Mayor McCann had been removed from office in 1992, after being convicted of a savings-and-loan scam, and spent two years in federal prison. 
  2. ^ a b Helene Stapinski, Five-Finger Discount: A Crooked Family History, New York: Random House, 2001. p. 203.
  3. ^ Helene Stapinski, Five-Finger Discount: A Crooked Family History, New York: Random House, 2001. pp. 204-205.
  4. ^ Kaulessar, Ricardo."McCann - no holds barred", Jersey City Reporter, January 21, 2005. Accessed October 27, 2007. "In the years since prison, McCann has tried running for various offices in Jersey City, even though as a convicted felon, he is prohibited from doing so. Courts have barred his candidacy when he tried to run."