The mayor of Clark, New Jersey, Salvator Bonaccorso, is facing criminal charges after an investigation into allegations of racial slurs he made. According to Attorney General Matthew Platkin, Bonaccorso used municipal resources to run his landscaping and illegal tank removal business from his township office. Additionally, Platkin accused Bonaccorso of witness tampering and falsifying records.
Bonaccorso fraudulently used an engineer’s name, license number, and forged signature on permit applications. Officials from Clark Township and the mayor’s residence declined to comment on the charges. A resident named Debbie Flanagan called for Bonaccorso’s resignation, while other residents praised him for his work before the charges were announced.
Platkin also revealed that the criminal charges against Bonaccorso arose from another investigation into the police department and its chief. The investigation found that there was a disproportionately high arrest rate for Black individuals. However, neither the police department nor police officials were available for comment on this matter.
Furthermore, Platkin recommended changes to the police department and called for the resignation or firing of the police chief. Only the mayor has the power to make this decision in Clark Town