TRENTON (AP) — Samuel Rivera, the former mayor of Passaic, N.J., was sentenced on Friday to nearly two years in prison and fined $4,000 for accepting cash bribes in exchange for influencing city contracts.
Mr. Rivera, who was caught in a corruption scheme that netted 11 public officials, resigned last year after pleading guilty to attempted extortion.
Mr. Rivera, 61, admitted taking $5,000 in exchange for using his official influence to help a company become the city’s insurance broker. The company turned out to be an F.B.I. front.
The only explanation Mr. Rivera offered on Friday for his role in the scheme was “poor judgment.”
A former police officer, Mr. Rivera is among nearly two dozen New Jersey mayors charged with corruption since 2000.
Among the most well known is Sharpe James, the former mayor of Newark, who is set to surrender to prison officials next month. Mr. James was ordered to serve a 27-month sentence and pay a $100,000 fine for his role in the sale of city-owned properties at a discount.
We at PCJN wish our former Mayor the best of luck. And we acknowledge all the great things he has done for our city.