The Ocean Gate Borough Council voted to cut the salary of Mayor Paul Kennedy to $1 in their first meeting since Kennedy was charged on March 18 with selling municipal property and pocketing the money.
A huge crowd – perhaps about 10% of the 1,932 people who live in the small Jersey shore town – showed up at last night’s council meeting, with many railing against some council members for not seeking Kennedy’s resignation.
Kennedy is charged with stealing change from parking meters and selling vehicles and a conference table in online auctions and depositing the proceeds in his personal checking account.
Lindsay Llauget, a detective for the prosecutor’s office, said in a criminal complaint that Kennedy had admitted his role in the theft. Prosecutors executed a search warrant against him, that cash was recovered, and that he made statements or admissions that were recorded by a “stationhouse interview camera room.”
The council also approved a $17,000 retainer for an attorney, Jean Cipriani, to represent the borough on issues related to the criminal charges against Kennedy.
Kennedy, who salary was $50,000, is up for re-election this year and it’s not clear if he will file nominating petitions before the April 4 deadline.