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Jersey City Mayor Donates Tainted Funds to Charity

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Weeks after the FBI arrested 44 people in a corruption probe, Jersey City's Mayor is working to limit the fallout for himself and his administration. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

REPORTER: Mayor Jeremiah Healy has not been charged. He's denied any wrongdoing. And he's resisted calls to resign. But Healy has admitted that he's identified in the criminal complaint, for meeting twice with FBI witness Solomon Dwek.

Now a spokesperson for the Mayor confirms that Healy's planning to donate to non-profits more than $17,000 in tainted campaign contributions.

The money came from Dwek via Jersey City officials charged in the federal case. Healy suspended six of those officials without pay. Only City Council President Mariano Vega, who was charged, remains in office.

Healy has also signed off on an outside legal audit of Jersey City's development process which is now under heavy federal scrutiny. For WNYC I am Bob Hennelly.

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