|Rami Pinchevsky speaking at the City Council meeting last month|
Pinchevsky has been regularly appearing at City Council meetings recently speaking on issues at several. Former Councilman Mike Lenz noted in an interview with the Hudson Reporter he gives the 4th ward an alternative to the failed independence Tim Occhipinti claimed to represent.
Most observers have noted the lockstep march of Occhipinti out of the gate in the Mason-Russo alliance. His vote has provided a number of 5-4 votes titling the whole organization and output of the City Council.
The 4th ward election was certified by the Hudson County Board of Elections but criminal referrals and a detailed complaint of voter fraud in the Occhipinti campaign remains under review at the state level with the New Jersey Attorney General's Office.
ELEC reports show Tim Occhipinti's campaign had well over 500 paid 'campaign workers' - paid voters for a small special election where he eventually pulled in only a little over 1200 votes. Beth Mason provided an infusion of money in that election with $8,200 coming days before the election. Her official family total to Tim Occhipinti was $13,400.
The maximum contribution individuals can contribute to a campaign is $2,600.
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