As they headed into the teeth of their head-to-head June contest, then-Councilwoman Dawn Zimmer wanted to know why At-Large Councilman Peter Cammarano hadn't reported his campaign contributions to the state Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC).
Every call PolitickerNJ.com placed to Zimmer or to her campaign resulted in the councilwoman's repeated question about why Cammarano hadn't met the deadline.
In the 11th hour, on election day, June 9th, in point of fact, the Cammarano campaign released to the local press a list of campaign contributors and accounting of its finances, but these contributors were not listed on the ELEC website prior to the election.
The complaint filed by the U.S. Attorney's Office today against Cammarano reveals a mayoral candidate in the throes ofa competitive May 12th mayoral campaign, intent on exchanging promises of expediting development projects to a federal cooperating witness for cash – $5,000 before the election and $5,000 after; the second payment to come in time for the runoff with Zimmer.
Michael Schaffer, commissioner of the North Hudson Utilities Authority (NHUA) and a confidante of Cammarano's, facilitated the meetings between Cammarano and the cooperating witness, according to the feds' indictment, and is also facing charges of extortion.