Passaic Mayor indicted

17 01 2008

Passaic Mayor Samuel Rivera was indicted on two counts of corruption today, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s office.

Rivera, 61, was arrested along with 10 other public officials in the FBI’s September 6th corruption bust. He is charged with accepting a $5,000 bribe in exchange for influencing local government contracts. The indictment states that Rivera intended to later be paid $50,000 for further help in peddling influence to make an undercover company the broker of record for city insurance services.

According to the indictment, Rivera told a cooperating witness that he could get them the necessary number of votes on the city council.

“I can get four votes easy, easy, easy,” the indictment quotes him as saying.

The indictment also alleges that when the insurance company’s presentation was questioned by a Passaic employee, Rivera responded “I make the [expletive] decision. And the council. And believe me, I’ve got the four [expletive] votes on the Council. So let’s stop [expletive] here and let’s get this thing rolling.”

If convicted, Rivera could face a maximum of 20 years in prison for the attempted extortion charge and 10 years for the bribery charge.  politickernj.com

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5 responses

17 01 2008
shlomo

I think he goes back to court on Jan. 21 to decide whether or not to plea or go to trial.

17 01 2008
Izzie

What does the gaon, Rav Yonah Lazar, shlit”a of Passaic have to say about this? Anyone know?

17 01 2008
a tax payer

What arrogence. When is the city council going to ask for his resignation? I forgot some councilmen have sons in the police dept.

18 01 2008
EMS

A TAX PAYER IS CORRECT. TIME FOR SAMMY TO GO ON HIM WAY AND DON’T COME BACK.

29 01 2008
Anonymous

I believe the great gaon, RYL, shlit”a raised his eyebrows and continued on with his life. This is what I heard from a talmid of his,

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