PATERSON – Two losing candidates in Paterson’s 2020 ward council elections – Mohammed Akhtaruzzaman and Chauncy Brown – face possible $ 8,600 fines for not submitting campaign finance reports.
Akhtaruzzaman, a former Paterson councilman, and Brown, a former school board member convicted of taking bribes in that role, were among more than 40 candidates from around the state named in complaints filed Wednesday by the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission.
Akhtaruzzaman lost Paterson’s 2nd Ward election by eight votes to Councilman Shahin Khalique, while Brown finished a distant fifth in the race for the 3rd Ward seat, getting only 43 votes.
In separate complaints, the Election Law Enforcement Commission said the two men failed to file a series of reports detailing their campaign contributions and spending. Nor did either of them file a sworn statement saying their campaign spending would come in below the threshold at which detailed reports are required, the commission said.
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Akhtaruzzaman, who was the city’s 2nd Ward councilman from 2012 to 2016, said he has already spoken to the state commission about filing the forms that were due two years ago.
“I did some parts,” the former councilman said, “but I never finished it.”
Brown could not be reached for comment.
Joe Malinconico is the editor of Paterson Press.