Mayor focus of graft investigation E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   

FBI agents recently searched offices in Trenton City Hall in New Jersey just one day after the feds raided the home of Trenton's mayor. Trenton Mayor Tony Mack’s two-year administration of New Jersey's impoverished capital city has been the source of the allegations of nepotism, mismanagement and reckless spending.

A city worker who asked not to be identified told NBC 4 New York that FBI agents were seen searching the mayor's second-floor offices and the city's economic development offices on the third floor.

The search of City Hall came one day after FBI agents searched the home of Mayor Mack, as well as searching the homes of his brother Ralphiel Mack and campaign contributor Joseph "JoJo" Giorgianni.

Mack, 46, has denied any wrongdoing.

"We have not violated the public trust nor have I violated any of my public duties and that's all I have to say on the matter," he told reporters.

In Mack's first year in office in Trenton, a city of 85,000, he ran through a series of business administrators. The first resigned after a month, saying the mayor didn't believe in "good government." Another resigned just before pleading guilty to embezzlement at a previous job.

Mack’s housing director quit after it emerged that he had a theft conviction. Mack’s chief of staff was arrested trying to buy heroin. His half-brother, whose authority he elevated at the city water plant, was arrested on charges of theft.

Then there are the questions about how he financed his campaign for mayor.

A former longtime city employee sued the mayor late last year.

The parks department employee said she was let go after refusing to hand out cushy jobs for the mayor's friends and also refusing to give federal grant money to people who didn't apply for it.

She also wouldn’t keep quiet about city funds she said were missing.

The ex-employee also said she was replaced by a Mack supporter who never even bothered to show up for his $40,000-a-year job.


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