The mayor of Clark, New Jersey, Salvator Bonaccorso, is facing criminal charges after an investigation into racial slurs that he allegedly made. Officials from Clark Township and the mayor’s residence declined to comment on the charges. A Clark resident, Debbie Flanagan, called for Bonaccorso’s resignation, while other residents praised the mayor for his work before the charges were announced.
Attorney General Matthew Platkin accused Bonaccorso of operating his landscaping and illegal tank removal business from his township office, using municipal resources to run the company. The charges also include witness tampering and falsifying records. Platkin said that Bonaccorso fraudulently used an engineer’s name, license number, and forged signature on permit applications.
Platkin also revealed that the criminal charges arose from another investigation into the police department, its chief, and allegations of racist comments made by the mayor. The police department and the police officials were not available for comment. Furthermore, Platkin recommended changes for the police department and called for the resignation or firing of the police chief, which only the mayor can do.