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Former Elmwood Park Mayor Francisco Caramagna (Facebook Photo)

Ex-Elmwood Park mayor, facing ballot fraud charges, remains in race

Court hearing moved to September, days before deadline

By David Wildstein, July 26 2019 2:34 pm

Frank Caramagna remains on the ballot as the Democratic candidate for mayor of Elmwood Park three months after he was charged with election ballot tampering and resigned his post.

A hearing on his application to participate in a Pretrial Intervention program scheduled for yesterday was postponed and rescheduled for September 5, according to sources familiar with the case.

Caramagna’s resignation came after the filing deadline for the June mayoral primary where he was running unopposed.

Now the former mayor is headed to Italy for a three-week vacation and refuses to tell Democrats – included some of his closest allies – what his intentions are about the November general election.

The deadline to withdraw from the race and be replaced on the ballot is September 12, although in New Jersey that particular deadline is frequently ignored.

The Bergen County Prosecutor charged Caramagna in a vote-by-mail scheme.  He resigned later that day and has been replaced by Daniel Golabek, then the council president.

Caramagna, who still serves as the Democratic Municipal Chairman, briefly considered putting his wife or son-in-law into Golabek’s council seat.

The Republican nominee for mayor is Robert Colletti, who became mayor after the death of 48-year incumbent Richard Mola in 2016 and then lost to Caramagna in a 2017 special election.

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