Former Newark deputy mayor indicted

February 18, 2010 12:09:03 PM PST
Former Newark Deputy Mayor Ron Salahuddin, who resigned last year, has been indicted. He is charged with using his influence to get demolition contracts for Sonnie Cooper, the owner and president of S. Cooper Brokers Trucking.

The 59-year-old Salahuddin held a financial interest in S. Cooper Brokers Trucking, according to a federal complaint unsealed this afternoon.

Among the contracts he secured for the company was demolition for the Prudential Center, the downtown Newark area where the New Jersey Devils play.

He also got contracts for other city projects, sealing many of those deals in Newark restaurants.

In all, Cooper Brothers Trucking received more than $1 million in city contracts between 2006 and April of 2009 for demolition, refuse collection, and street sweeping.

Sonnie L. Cooper, owner and president of S. Cooper Brothers Trucking Inc., was also indicted.

Salahuddin was appointed deputy mayor for public safety following Mayor Booker's election in 2006. He resigned in July 2009, citing health issues.