Secaucus Mayor Dennis Elwell will resign today, but anyone who reads that as an admission of guilt is “gravely mistaken,” his lawyers said today.
Elwell, who was charged with taking $10,000 from a developer who was an FBI informant, faced an already tough reelection battle.
Below is the full statement from attorneys Thomas Cammarata and Jeffrey Garrigan:
Effective today, July 28, 2009, Dennis Elwell will resign his position as Mayor of the Town of Secaucus. After careful deliberation, Dennis determined this action is in the best interest of both his family and the people of Secaucus. Those who perceive this action to be an admission of culpability as to the pending criminal allegations are gravely mistaken. Dennis pleaded not guilty to the charges, is presumed innocent and will vigorously defend the unproven allegations made against him. We hope that all the citizens of Secaucus who Mayor Elwell has served throughout his many years in public service stand by him and are not swayed by an accusation. Dennis has faced adversity before in his life serving in Vietnam as a paratrooper and suffering the loss of his 18 year old son. Dennis will fight with the same intensity and courage that he displayed in these life experiences. Mayor Elwell thanks all of his friends and supporters for their kind words and encouragement over the last several days.