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Passaic City Councilwoman Thania Melo

ELEC fines Passaic councilwoman

By David Wildstein, October 04 2019 10:24 am

Passaic City Councilman Thania Melo has been fined $1,920 for being late six years later in filing her campaign finance reports with the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission.

Melo has already paid her fine for failing to disclose campaign contributions totaling $11,399 and expenditures of $12,613.

In 2015, Superior Court Judge Margaret McVeigh thrashed Melo for taking more than a year to respond to a subpoena.  Melo was part of a developer’s lawsuit against the city.

Steven Uccio, the Republican State Assembly candidate in the 14th district in 2017, has paid a $275 fine for being 568 days late in filing campaign report.  Uccio finished fourth in that race, 11,902 votes behind incumbent Dan Benson (D-Hamilton).

The commission has charged Sergio Diaz, an ally of Perth Amboy Mayor Wilda Diaz, on two counts of campaign finance law violations.

Diaz allegedly failed to report thousands of dollars in contributions to his 2015 campaign for the Perth Amboy City Council.  He faces a fine of up to $7,600.

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