Matthew Scannapieco

Economies of scale

Former Passaic Mayor Sammy Rivera was sentenced to 21 months in a federal prison for taking a $5,000 bribe to steer public contracts. That’s the identical sentence given to former Marlboro Mayor Matthew Scannapieco, who took $245,000 in exchange for delivering contracts.

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Scannapieco sentenced

Former Marlboro Mayor Matthew Scannapieco was sentenced to 21 months in federal today, three years after pleading guilty to accepting about $245,000 worth of bribes.

Scannapieco admitted in 2005 to accepting payments from developer Anthony Spalliero in exchange for supporting his projects, and pleaded guilty to tax evasion as well. 

Scannapieco, served as mayor from 1992 to 2003, could have been sentenced to up to 15 years in prison but was granted a lenient sentence for cooperating with the investigation. 

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Hornik intent on making Scannapieco an issue for Kleinberg

In Marlboro, Democratic Mayoral candidate Jon Hornik is demanding that Republican Mayor Robert Kleinberg give back money he took from former Mayor Matthew Scannapieco, who admitted to taking $245,000 from developers.

"Mayor Kleinberg has taken money from felons and given Marlboro the highest property taxes in New Jersey and overdevelopment," Hornik said.

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In Monmouth battle, all roads lead to Marlboro

Marlboro Mayor Robert KleinbergMarlboro Mayor Robert Kleinberg
How a sleepy hollow farming burgh became a build-out crossroads and earned itself a shot as a sprawl capital may have roots in human nature but surely can be immediately traced to the world of New Jersey politics.

When the daughter of a local market farmer here died in child birth in the 1970s, that death was symbolic of a transition to a time when people not only didn’t work the land anymore but cashed in on wrecking it as at no other time. Surrounded by new development and still deaf from artillery fire in Vietnam, another farmer retreated to a broken down school bus on his dried up spread on the side of Route 79 before he left town. Now it’s the senior citizens clinging to a last shred of space, wondering whether to sell and move to Florida or keep forking over money.

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Revisiting an old foe

Headed into a November general election, two Democratic senators hope to burnish their reformer credentials by kayoing the discredited Victims of Crime Compensation Board.

For one of them the legislation marks a return to an old battlefield.

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The Back Room

Christie defends himself in NH

Zapped by the DNC on his way into New Hampshire this afternoon, Gov. Chris Christie defended his economic record while wooing NH voters for the second time in little more than a month, according to the Associated Press.

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: July 31st

  Christie to Newark hecklers: 'I've spent as much time in Newark as anyone else' BELMAR - Gov. Chris Christie's got nothing but love for The Brick City, or so he says. In response to a Newark school student here today -- a 17-year-old president of the Newark Student Union...

Op-Ed

The health of New Jersey's women is not Chris Christie's priority

By Linda Stender At his most recent town hall, Gov. Chris Christie accused his predecessors of "monkeying with the math" when it comes to their handling of our state's economy. But as the old saying goes, when the governor points a finger, he... Read More >

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