Soares can’t work on transition team with Cammarano in office

Political operative Tony Soares, who backed Dawn Zimmer in the 2009 mayoral election, wrote a letter to city transition teamorganizer Michael Novak today, saying he couldn't help as long as Hoboken Mayor Peter Cammarano remains in office.

"While I accepted the offer to help Hoboken (despite my continuedsupport of Zimmer) where I could, I never expected Cammarano to bring thisblack mark on our city," Soares wrote of a mayor now in office 23 days, who on Thursday was charged with accepting cash bribes from a confidential witness posing as a developer.

"Peter must resign," Soares wrote.

"Thanks again. I know you are an upstanding man and I respect your hardwork," he added, in a nod to Novak, a buisnessman who ran unsuccessfully for council this year on Cammarano's slate."However, I simply cannot trust an administration led by an official who by his own words was selling our city out and threatening to crush folks like me'into powder'."

Cammarano issued a City Hall statement yesterday, professing innocence, saying he doesn't intend to resign andeager tohave his day in court.

Soares can’t work on transition team with Cammarano in office