Hoboken Councilman Russo settles NJ ELEC complaint about 2009 campaign for $3k

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Hoboken 3rd Ward Councilman Mike Russo has settled a 2016 complaint stemming from his campaign finance reports for his 2009 re-election campaign with a fine of just under $3,000. 

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

According to the 13-count complaint, filed by the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (NJ ELEC) on April 13th, 2016, Russo, a councilman since 2003, was late in filing occupation and employer information for contributors that donated a total of $9,200 all the way back in the final quarter of 2007.

Furthermore, ELEC alleged that Russo’s campaign, where John Castellano was the treasurer, was late in filing the addresses of four vendors who were paid $12,100 by his campaign

“There were some missing addresses for people who worked on Election Day, all the reports were filed, but they were still considered a violation and since it was so many years ago, there was fee involved,” Russo said over the phone this afternoon.

The ELEC board finally settled the matter at their March 20th meeting, fining Russo $2,947.52.

Russo initially paid the above amount back on July 5th, 2016, but was issued a refund since the governing body had not yet resolved the matter.

6 COMMENTS

  1. Why are you making such a big deal about this? He’s Ravi-Russo now. Ravi invited Antuny to the mayor’s office and Michael as a special guest to the Hoboken Democratic Commitee meeting. Tried to make him Council President but it didn’t work out. Next is the PILOT Ravi and Michael are working on in the biggest conflict of interest partnership in Hoboken for Church Towers. They will make Hoboken great again!

  2. Hi Doofus #1. I missed you! Was it hard following Miss Tiffanie’s orders to dial back the doofusness for awhile? She should know that at the end of the day the Doofus demons always win out.

  3. Ravi and Russo are wheeling and dealing on the Church Towers negotiations. First of all, Russo should be excluded from any discussions relative to the continuation or modification of the Church Towers PILOT agreement because he is conflicted out. The law is pretty clear on the conflict. Second, Applied Housing , Clock Tower and others have all negotiated their new PILOTS. Church Towers should be forced to use those existing models and not be given any sweetheart deals because Ravi needs Russo’s vote on the Council. We’re watching you, Ravi. Any deal that looks fishy will immediately be referred to the proper authorities.

    • Welcome Doofus #4! Is there some kind of Doofus Tribunal with whom Doofuses file reports about their Doofy accusations?

    • The conflict of interest is well underway. Ravi has had Michael Russo involved in the effort to give a brand SPANING NEW PILOT FOR CHURCH TOWERS.

      Michael Russo who is the councilman in the third ward and who LIVES IN CHURCH TOWERS is involved in the work to reissue yet another PILOT for Church Towers.

      Just so you (and the US Attorney of NJ know) Ravi and Russo are not the only people conflicted in the matter. Maybe we’ll have the Corporation Counsel oversee the conflict just like that second job Ravi is collecting on right now. Hey Brian, you want to lose your law license or do you want to walk away while you have a chance?

      Notice how the RaviBots are getting more and more sketchy? They are fearful this will come out
      Too late. No stupid personal attacks will stop the truth from getting out.

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