In a stunning announcement, Attorney General Matthew Platkin has charged the mayor of Clark, New Jersey, Salvator Bonaccorso with criminal charges related to racial slurs and illegal activities in his landscaping and tank removal business. The investigation found that Bonaccorso allegedly used municipal resources to run his company from his township office.
According to Platkin, Bonaccorso fraudulently used an engineer’s name, license number, and forged signature on permit applications. The charges also include witness tampering and falsifying records. Officials from Clark Township and the mayor’s residence declined to comment on the charges.
However, some residents have come forward with their opinions on the situation. Debbie Flanagan, a Clark resident, called for Bonaccorso’s resignation after hearing about the charges. Meanwhile, other residents praised the mayor for his work before the charges were announced.
Platkin also revealed that these criminal charges stemmed from another investigation into the police department and its chief. He reported a disproportionately high arrest rate for Black individuals in Clark township despite both the police department and officials being unavailable for comment.
In addition to these findings, Platkin recommended changes for the police department and called for the resignation or firing of the police chief – a decision that only Mayor Bonaccorso can make. It remains to be seen how this unfolds in Clark township as residents continue to weigh in on these developments.