HOBOKEN – After their stop in Hoboken at the Malibu Diner in late March, Josh Margolin and Ted Sherman, the authors of the ‘The Jersey Sting’, have decided to return to town for a discussion and signing of their new book at the Hoboken Public Library. The event takes place April 30, from 2-4 p.m at 500 Park Ave.
The book details the 2009 Operation Bid Rig corruption sting that took down many public officials, including former Hoboken Mayor Peter Cammarano.
The new book caused quite a controversy in Hoboken after it revealed that Councilman Michael Russo had a previously unreported meeting with Solomon Dwek, the FBI informant involved in the sting. Russo was never charged with or convicted of any wrongdoing, but was seen discussing zoning procedures and a possible $5,000 campaign contribution on a tape. Russo did not follow up with Dwek after the initial meeting.
Two days after Russo was criticized at a council meeting, former Public Safety Director Angel Alicea, who was a council candidate in 2009 under Cammarano’s slate, told Mayor Dawn Zimmer he met with Dwek twice, and announced his resignation.
When Alicea announced his resignation on April 8, Zimmer called on U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman to release “all tapes, recordings, transcripts and other documents related to the Bid Rig investigation involving Hoboken public officials, their close associates, and family members,” and also filed a corresponding Freedom of Information Act request.
However, Zimmer said on Wednesday that she still has not heard anything since her original announcement more than 20 days ago.
To read a review of the book from The Hudson Reporter, click HERE.
For prior reporting, see links below. -- Ray Smith