Former Hamilton mayor John Bencivengo is sentenced to 3 years in prison for corruption

From NJ.com

HAMILTON — Former Hamilton mayor John Bencivengo was sentenced to 3 years and 2 months in federal prison for soliciting $12,400 in bribes from a school district insurance broker. He will pay a $3,000 fine, in addition to repaying $7,400 of the bribe money.

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Reminder: Mercer County Democratic Convention

Just a final reminder that we will have our Mercer County Democratic Convention this Wednesday, March 13, at John Henry’s Stone Terrace, 2275 Kuser Road, Hamilton, NJ. Doors will open at 6:30 for registration and we will gavel to order at 7:00 p.m.

Please come and help give a rousing Mercer welcome to gubernatorial candidate Senator Barbara Buono and show your support as we endorse our 2013 Democratic ticket.

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Change in March Club Meeting Date

Unfortunately, we have to reschedule our March meeting due to a scheduling conflict with the Library. The March meeting date has been changed to Tuesday, March 5, 2013, at 7:00 pm at the Hamilton Twp. Library. Unfortunately, they had already booked all meeting rooms for the March 6, 2013, date. Please feel free to advise anyone you know who may not have access to email of this scheduling change.

 

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February Club Meeting

I want to remind everyone of our regular February meeting scheduled for Wednesday, February 6, 2012, at the Hamilton Library at 7:00 pm. I am sure that it will be an interesting one.

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Reminder: Club meeting tonight at the Library

I hope everyone had a wonderful Holiday season and wish everyone a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year. Please remember that we are starting the New Year out with our Club meeting TONIGHT at 7 pm at the Hamilton Township Library.

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Editorial: Swift justice for Hamilton Mayor John Bencivengo in corruption case

From NJ.com

The verdict was swift and unanimous: Hamilton Mayor John Bencivengo is guilty of abusing his office for personal gain.

While the cash-strapped mayor legally could have remained in office earning his $108,000-a-year salary until he is sentenced to up to 20 years in prison in February, Bencivengo promptly and appropriately resigned tonight.

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Hamilton Mayor John Bencivengo will resign after being found guilty of taking $12,400 in bribes

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HAMILTON — Hamilton Mayor John Bencivengo will resign from his $108,000-a-year job tomorrow, 24 hours after he was convicted of taking bribes from a health insurance broker to help influence a school board contract.

Bencivengo’s resignation, which is effective tomorrow, was announced during a township council meeting this evening. Bencivengo did not attend the meeting and remains free pending his sentencing scheduled for Feb. 27.

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Hamilton Mayor John Bencivengo is guilty of taking $12,400 in bribes from insurance broker

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HAMILTON — Hamilton Mayor John Bencivengo was convicted today of accepting $12,400 in bribes from a health insurance broker in exchange for his influence over a lucrative school board contract.

The verdict of guilty on all counts came after four and a half hours of deliberations by jurors at the federal courthouse in Trenton. Bencivengo, 58 faces up to 20 years in prison when he is sentenced on the bribery and extortion counts.

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Reminder: Joint Club/Committee Meeting This Wednesday

The Hamilton Democratic Club and Committee will meet on Wednesday, September 5th at 7pm at the Hamilton Library (Lower Level). The Committee meeting will begin at 7pm. All Committee people are asked to attend. The Club meeting will begin at 7:30pm.

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HAMILTON DEMS INVITE MAYOR BENCIVENGO TO PAY STATE “FINE” FOR IMPROPER CONTRACT

The State Department of Education has asked the Hamilton school district to return $25,000 in funding as a result of a department investigation into the district’s dealings with insurance provider Allen Associates of Vineland, That action was taken after FBI accusations that Hamilton Mayor John Bencivengo attempted extortion by allegedly offering to convince the Hamilton school board to renew Allen Associates’ insurance contract with the district after accepting $12,400 in bribe money

The Hamilton Township Democrats today issued the following statement in response to reports of the DOE “fine”:

The Hamilton Democrats today requested that Mayor John Bencivengo reimburse Hamilton taxpayers $25,000 from his campaign fund for revenue lost by the School Board as a penalty for improper actions in connection with the no-bid insurance contract that led to his indictment.

Democrats and Republicans alike are asking why Hamilton taxpayers are being punished for actions by individuals within the school administration and the current school board who, along with the mayor, have been shown by this state action to have failed to protect the public’s interest. If the Mayor accepts our request and kicks in $25,000, then at least the taxpayers won’t be stuck with the tab for the admitted and alleged corruption.

As of his most recent reporting, the mayor’s campaign coffers total $62,921, including a recent $11,000 transfer wheeled to his account on April 19 from the local Republican Committee to appear to effectively circumvent campaign finance limits on his personal campaign account.

With it looking increasingly unlikely that the mayor will seek another term in the wake of the current scandal, he can now use some of that money to repay Hamiltonians for the damage his improper relationship with a no-bid contractor has caused.

The Democrats also note that they are still awaiting an answer to their call on the mayor and other local Republicans David Kenny and Dennis Pone to divest themselves of $2,600 in political contributions received from confessed bribe taker and Bencivengo associate Robert Warney. Mr. Warney has already admitted involvement in the insurance scandal surrounding the Mayor and a second unrelated bribery episode while on the School Board, yet the Republicans continue to hold onto his tainted money.

According to New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Records, Mr. Warney has donated $1,600 to municipal Republicans since 2009, including $1,100 to the mayor directly in March 2010, and $450 in 2009 to the Republican Municipal Committee, which included $400 for Mayor’s Ball tickets. He is also on record as having donated $50 to council members David Kenny and Dennis Pone, as well as more than $1,000 to the Mercer County Republican Committee in 2003.

Finally, the Democrats again call on the Republican council to reinstate the Municipal Ethics Commission to investigate the impacts of admitted and alleged corruption on municipal government and to suggest reforms to prevent its occurrence in the future.

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