Once there’s more information about why this happened, I’ll update the article. These days it’s hard to know who’s worse, our government officials or the police officers that help them rule over us.
-Ethan I. Solomon
Federal agents raided City Hall in New Jersey’s capital on Thursday, one day after they swarmed the home of the city’s mayor, his brother and a campaign supporter.
“The FBI is executing search warrants at various offices at Trenton City Hall, pursuant to an ongoing investigation,” said FBI spokeswoman Barbara Woodruff.
It was not immediately clear why the raids were conducted and authorities declined to elaborate.
Mayor Tony Mack, 46, responded to the Wednesday raids by saying he had “not violated the public trust in any way, nor have I violated any of my public duties.”
He could not be immediately reached Thursday for comment.
Mack, a Democrat who began his term in July 2010, has been beleaguered by questions over public finance and accusations of cronyism.
Last May, his deputy mayor, Paul Sigmund IV, was arrested and charged with heroin possession and assaulting a police officer, which led to his prompt resignation.
Wednesday’s raids also included the homes of Mack’s brother, businessman Ralphiel Mack, and Joseph Giorgianni, a convicted sex offender.
-From CBS News
Recently appointed city business administrator Sam Hutchinson, whose department was among those being searched, told The Trentonian newspaper that FBI agents were also in the office of Mayor Tony Mack.
“The FBI is searching through documents in his office,” he told the newspaper.
Mack, 46, on Wednesday denied wrongdoing after the FBI spent the overnight hours searching his home, and the homes of his brother, Ralphiel Mack, and businessman Joseph Giorgianni, a campaign donor who is a convicted sex offender. An email message left Thursday for the mayor’s top aide was not immediately returned.
The Democrat’s first two years in office have been marked by repeated accusations of reckless spending, cronyism and mismanagement. Mack told Eyewitness News reporter Robin Rieger Wednesday morning he did nothing wrong.
“I have not violated the public trust, nor have I violated my public duties,” Mack said.
Questions have also lingered about how Mack financed his 2010 campaign at a time of personal financial problems. His home and other properties have faced foreclosure, and last month the city reported that he, his brother and Giorgianni all were late making property tax payments.
Mack had a disastrous record of filling top jobs at City Hall, which led to an agreement last year with the state that allows him to hire department heads only from a state-approved pool of applicants or risk losing $6 million in state aid.
In his first year, one of a string of business administrators resigned just ahead of pleading guilty to embezzlement on another job. His housing director quit after it was learned he had a theft conviction. His chief of staff was arrested trying to buy heroin.
His half brother, Stanley “Muscles” David, pleaded guilty earlier this year to official misconduct for directing Trenton Water Works crews to perform private side jobs using city equipment and billing the city.
Mack is also the target of several wrongful-termination lawsuits. One former employee in the recreation department complained she was laid off in part because she had inquired about missing city funds.
The Times of Trenton newspaper said one of its reporters saw FBI agents in the recreation department offices on the third floor.