Bribe-taking ex-Hoboken mayor gets 2 years in federal pen

Former Hoboken Mayor Peter J. Cammarano got 24 months in federal prison today for taking $25,000 in bribes.

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Cammarano was swept up in a massive federal sting that netted other mayors, as well as dozens of public servants — the largest public corruption case of its kind in New Jersey.

U.S. District Judge Jose L. Linares also ordered Cammarano, 33, to serve two years of supervised release after he serves out his term and to pay the government back the $25,000 it used to snare him.

Cammarano remains free on $100,000 bond pending a Sept. 20 surrender date to officials with the U.S. Bureau of Prisons.

Cammarano admitted in April that he accepted two cash payments from Solomon Dwek, a convicted thief who became a government operative. Cammarano was a councilman at the time and was only three weeks into his term — which included him taking another bribe — when the arrests were made.

The former mayor admitted he took the money “in exchange for his future official assistance, action and influence in Hoboken government” for Dwek, a Jersey Shore native who posed as a developer interested in fast-tracking projects.

The undercover FBI investigation also yielded the arrests of several rabbis accused of money laundering, bringing the total number of those charged to 44.

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