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UPDATE: 1:11 p.m. Eastern Time
Shortly after this story was published, Mayor Dawn Zimmer issued a lengthy written statement in regards to the jury’s verdict in this case.
“I was extremely surprised by the jury’s verdict. I requested Mr. Alicea’s resignation because he did not tell the truth to me or to the public and the press about the two meetings that he had with Solomon Dwek. At each of those meetings he was offered illegal cash contributions. Despite the fact that he was an experienced Police Lieutenant who served in the Internal Affairs Bureau of the Union City Police Department, he did not report these illegal offers to any law enforcement authorities at the time that they occurred. The jury correctly found that I personally did not discriminate against Mr. Alicea on the basis of his ethnicity when I asked for his resignation. This determination is completely inconsistent with the jury’s decision to hold the City of Hoboken and its taxpayers financially responsible. The City is examining all of its legal options and will take all necessary steps to protect the interests of the City and its taxpayers.”
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EXCLUSIVE: Ex-Hoboken Official Angel Alicea awarded $625,000 in punitive damages. A jury in Hudson County Superior Court ruled that Alicea should receive $625,000 in punitive damage, in addition to the $440,000 they awarded Alicea two weeks ago since they believed he was discriminated against by the city of Hoboken when he was the Director of Public Safety.