Published reports that Paramus Council President Frank Ciambrone is being sued by the state Attorney General for allegedly scamming homeowners using “bogus foreclosure rescue schemes” won’t help the already embattled Democrat win re-election in November. Ciambrone is already in trouble for his close ties to Dennis Oury, the former Paramus Borough Attorney who was indicted on federal corruption charges. Oury has billed Paramus nearly $800,000 in legal fees since Democrats took control, and has been one of the top donors to the local Democratic organization.Republicans have criticized him for taking nearly $300,000 in legal fees from the Bergen County Utility Authority over the last four years. And Paramus is one of the towns the received subpoenas as part of the federal probe of Oury and Democratic County Chairman Joseph Ferriero, who is also facing federal corruption charges.
Ciambrone and Michael Blitzstein, who was appointed to fill Connie Wagner’s seat, face Republicans Cathy Bentz and Maureen O’ Brien. Paramus has been viewed as one of the bellweather towns in Bergen County politics. In 2007, Republicans came within 200 votes of ousting two incumbent Democrats.