Leonard Kaiser

Kaiser gets probation

There will be no jail time for former North Arlington Mayor Leonard Kaiser, who pleaded guilty in January to income tax evasion charges.  U.S. District Court Judge Dennis Cavanaugh sentenced Kaiser, a former executive director of the Bergen County Utilities Authority and a former Bergen County Freeholder, to one year of probation.  Kaiser’s wife, Barbara, also received one year probation. Kaiser admitted that he used campaign funds for personal expenses.

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Kaiser could lose pension

At risk of losing the combined annual pensions of $122,395 are former North Arlington Mayor Leonard Kaiser, and his wife, Barbara.  The Kaiser’s pleaded guilty last week to federal income tax evasion charges, admitting that they diverted $30,000 in campaign funds for personal use and didn’t declare the income.  Also last week, the state pension board stripped former Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Wayne Bryant (D-Lawnside) of his entire pension following his conviction on federal corruption charges.  Leonard Kaiser gets an $85,357 pension; Barbara Kaiser's pension is $37,038.

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Kaiser to plead guilty to tax evasion charges

Former North Arlington Mayor Leonard Kaiser and his wife, Barbara, are expected to plead guilty to tax evasion charges today, The Record reports.

The pair is due in federal court in Newark this morning, where The Record says they will plead guilty to failing to declare about $30,000 in income taken from his North Arlington mayoral campaign account.  Kaiser was mayor there from 1983 to 2002.

Kaiser is also a former freeholder, councilman and member of the Meadowlands Commission. 

Though a Republican, he was a partner in a grants- writing firm with former Bergen County Democratic Chairman Joseph Ferriero and former Bergen County Democratic Counsel Dennis Oury, who were both convicted on federal corruption charges relating to the firm’s work in Bergenfield.  Kaiser, however, was not charged.


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Congratulations to Jim Cassella, PolitickerNJ.com's Moron of the Day

Congratulations to Jim Cassella, PolitickerNJ.com's Moron of the Day

This is one of the reasons people think some politicians are tone deaf.  The Bergen County Utility Authority voted unanimously to give a no-bid consulting contract to Leonard Kaiser, who resigned as BCUA Executive Director last year after FBI agents searched his home.  Kaiser was a partner in a government grants business that led to the indictments of former Bergen County Democratic Chairman Joseph Ferriero and BCDO attorney Dennis Oury. 

Asked about the contract by The Record, BCUA Commissioner (and East Rutherford Mayor) James Cassella said: "Len has a lot of knowledge.  In fairness to Len, why not give him a little stipend?"

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Kaiser leaves top BCUA post

Bergen County Utilities Authority (BCUA) Executive Director Leonard Kaiser – a business partner in the grants consulting firm at the center of the indictments of former Bergen County Democratic Chairman Joe Ferriero and former party counsel Dennis Oury – retired yesterday for “personal reasons,” according to a press release issued by the agency.   

That marks the third recent resignation for Kaiser, whose home was raided by the FBI in November.  He also left his position on the Meadowlands Commission and as president of the North Arlington Education Foundation. 

In a statement, Kaiser said that he had been planning to retire for three years.

“I have spent 34 years in public service – as a councilman, a freeholder, a mayor and a county government official. It’s been an honor for me to have these opportunities and I am grateful to all those who have aided and supported me in all of those endeavors,” he said.

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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2008

Report: Feds raid Kaiser home

Report: Feds raid Kaiser home

The Record is reporting that FBI investigators raided the home of Bergen County Utilities Authority Executive Director Leonard Kaiser, a partner in a grants consulting firm owned by Joseph Ferriero and Dennis Oury.  Federal agents executive a search warrant at 7AM this morning at Kaiser's North Arlington home, where he was the longtime Mayor.  Kaiser, a former Republican Freeholder, allegedly owns a 23% share in Governmental Grants Consulting, which was founded by Ferriero, the Bergen County Democratic Chairman, and Oury, the BCDO Counsel.  Both were indicted in September.

CLICK HERE TO READ CHARLES STILE'S OCT. 15 COLUMN ON KAISER

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The Ferriero Indictment

Click here to read Bergen County Chairman Joseph Ferriero's indictment.

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IMPORTANT MESSAGE TO THE BERGEN COUNTY DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEE

AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE TO THE BERGEN COUNTY DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEE 

Ironically, the very individual responsible for much of the success this party has had in the last decade finds himself the poster child for all that is wrong with politics.

Raising obsence amounts of money should not be more important than developing a message as to why Democrats should be given the honor of governing here in Bergen County. Political power is not an entitlement, but a privilege and this party has forgotten that basic principle! Being effective voices for our party was always more important than how many jobs we could deliver or how many contracts we could provide for donors.

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The Back Room

POLITICO: GOP on track to expand House majority by 5 or 6 seats

Tepid fundraising, underperforming candidates and a lousy party brand are threatening to deprive House Republicans of the sweeping 2014 gains that some top party officials have been predicting this year, according to Politicker alum Alex Isenstadt, now of Politico.

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: September 2nd

Campaign season now under way in Bergen County Politics is practiced year-round in Bergen County, and street-level campaigning has been going on quietly all summer. But both Republicans and Democrats say the Rutherford Street Fair on Labor Day signals a more intense phase of electioneering. (Ensslin/The Bergen Record) http://www.northjersey.com/news/campaign-season-now-under-way-in-bergen-county-1.1079080  ...

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White House’s Tuition Challenge Being Met in NJ

By MICHAEL W. KLEIN In his weekly radio address on August 16, President Obama challenged colleges “to do their part to bring down costs” and lighten the tuition burden on students.  The state colleges and universities in New Jersey have... Read More >

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"Governor Christie ripped President Obama this summer for failing to carve out some time during a Texas fundraising swing to visit the Mexican border, where the unprecedented flood of immigrant children from Central America had reached a crisis point. ...Yet Christie is not squeezing in a tour of the troubled border during his own three-day trade and diplomatic mission to Mexico, which is set to begin on Wednesday. The governor is planning a series of meetings with Mexican officials, including President Enrique Peña Nieto and the finance and energy ministers." - columnist Charles Stile

- The Bergen Record

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