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Clark, N.J. Mayor Faces Legal Consequences for Operating Illegal Business from Town Hall Amid Racial Slurs Investigation


Nov 20, 2023

New Jersey Attorney General Matthew Platkin has filed criminal charges against the mayor of Clark after an investigation into alleged racial slurs made by Mayor Salvator Bonaccorso. While acting in his official capacity as mayor, Bonaccorso allegedly operated his landscaping and illegal tank removal business out of his township office, using municipal resources to run the company. The 63-year-old is also charged with witness tampering and falsifying records, including using an engineer’s name, license number, and forged signature on permit applications submitted to municipalities for tank removals.

When CBS New York reached out to Clark Township for comment, a spokesperson for Bonaccorso stated he had no comment. Efforts to obtain a comment at the mayor’s residence were unsuccessful. A Clark resident stated that if a mayor or someone else is doing illegal things, they should resign. Another resident commented that Clark is a good place and that Bonaccorso made it better than the previous mayor. However, these comments were made before the charges were announced.

A 43-page report resulting from another investigation into the police department, its chief, and claims of racist comments made by the mayor has led to criminal charges being filed against Mayor Salvator Bonaccorso. The report states that Black individuals were arrested at a disproportionate rate due to racially-motivated arrests and a failure to investigate allegations of misconduct by police officials. Records obtained by the attorney general’s office were insufficient to charge police officials, and the police department is now under county supervision.

Christine Sloan is an Emmy Award-winning reporter who covers New Jersey for CBS 2 New York. She previously worked at CBS 2 New York from 2004 to 2016 before rejoining the station in January 2023.

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