Calls mount for Ridgefield mayor's resignation

August 3, 2009 3:47:37 PM PDT
Ridgefield Borough Hall is about to get a visit from the state comptroller who, on orders of Governor Corzine, will review all records related to development. It's a not so subtle squeeze play on Mayor Anthony Suarez, whose refused to resign in spite of his arrest in that massive corruption probe ten days ago.

Suarez emphatically told Eyewitness News he's not following in the footsteps of Hoboken's Mayor Peter Cammarano and Secaucus Mayor Dennis Elwell, who both caved to pressure to resign.

The governor ramped up the pressure Monday on Suarez, issuing an executive order where elected officials are criminally charged.

It "directs all state departments agencies and authorities to immediately freeze all applications and approvals for development..." That could affect construction on a new athletic field in Ridgefield and repairs to the sewer system.

The council president, a Republican, supports Corzine's actions. Nicholas Lonzisero said Monday that Suarez should resign because he has broken the public trust.

Suarez was one of 44 people arrested on July 23 in a federal corruption and money laundering investigation. Suarez has been charged with taking an illegal cash payment for his legal defense fund.


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