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Former Estell Manor Mayor agrees to pay $100 to resolve ethics matter.
 

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In February 2013, former Estell Manor City (Atlantic County) Mayor Joseph M. Venezia agreed to pay $100 to the State of New Jersey to resolve a complaint that had been filed against him for violating the Local Government Ethics Law. While it is not entirely clear, it appears that Venezia, who possessed a logging permit from the City, voted to introduce an ordinance that would have revoked certain City issued permits if the holder was delinquent in his or her property taxes. According to the settlement, a copy of which is on-line here, Venezia said that he \"did not realize any unreasonable benefit from his participation in the vote to introduce\" the ordinance but acknowledged \"that the appearance of such involvement did exist, and a perception could have been created in which his participation might be expected to impair his objectivity or indepedence of judgment because of his open property tax obligation to the City.\"

 

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New Jersey Libertarian Party Open Government Advocacy Project: Former Estell Manor Mayor agrees to pay $100 to resolve ethics matter.. January 14, 2014.
URL: http://ogtf.lpcnj.org/2014/2014014U1/
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