HAMILTON, NJ – In the wake of charges being filed by the Mercer County Prosecutor's Office against Hamilton Mayor Kelly Yaede, a bipartisan coalition of the Township Council urged the mayor to temporarily step aside to handle the legal matter. In a statement Council Vice President Rick Tighe, Councilman Anthony Carabelli, and Councilwoman Ileana Schirmer joined Council President Jeff Martin in calling for Mayor Kelly Yaede to take a leave of absence until her legal challenges are resolved. 

On Wednesday morning, Martin, who is challenging Yaede in the November mayoral general election  called on the incumbent mayor  "to take her own advice that she gave to Mayor Bencivengo when he was criminally charged and, at the very least, take a leave of absence pending the result of the criminal charge filed against her.” 

“Despite the Mayor’s denials, the cloud of corruption, intimidation and paranoia that the Mayor has created are hindering the ability of government to function as it should” said Tighe.

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“This is an abuse of power by a Mayor who is demonstrating every day that she is unfit for office” Schirmer added.

Yaede and her primary campaign manager, Dan Scharfenberger,  have been charged with the disclosure of an expungement order, a disorderly persons offense that can be punishable by up to six months in jail and a fine of $1,000.  

“Hamiltonians want a government that is both ethical and transparent," Carabelli said. "The Mayor has failed to provide those two qualities." 

“I support Council President Martin’s request for her leave after this most recent charge.  Our community expects more.”


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