Ex-Newark deputy mayor pleads not guilty

The News Leader

March 5, 2010 5:59:36 PM PST
A former aide to Newark Mayor Cory Booker has pleaded not guilty to extortion and bribery charges for allegedly steering city demolition contracts to a company in which he had a financial interest. Ronald Salahuddin was named in a federal indictment released Feb. 18.

Also indicted was Sonnie L. Cooper, owner and president of S.

Cooper Brothers Trucking Inc., the company in which Salahuddin allegedly had a stake. Cooper also pleaded not guilty Friday in U.S. District Court in Trenton.

Salahuddin was released on $250,000 bail, Cooper on $100,000 bail.

Salahuddin resigned last year as deputy mayor, citing health issues.

U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman has said there is no evidence Booker was involved in illegal activity.