Fourth Ward Councilman Mohamed ‘Gino’ Elmarassy has been fined $275 by the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (NJ ELEC) for failing to file his 2013 primary election campaign reports in a timely fashion. Records obtained show that the councilman filed his reports 770 days late on June 15, 2015.
Councilman Elmarassy was required to file an A-1 form during his primary election two years ago even if the then candidate spent no funds on that campaign.
The unanimous 2-0 Final Decision was rendered on September 15th of this year after the Commission considered the councilman’s Affidavit and Waiver of Hearing submitted in response to the NJ ELEC Complaint that was filed on May 27, 2015. According to the Final Decision, the councilman submitted the payment of $275.
Councilman Elmarassy is the fifth municipal candidate since 2002 to be fined for failing to file required campaign reports.
There is currently one open complaint from NJ ELEC as it relates to Roselle Park against Modesto ‘Mo’ Miranda for not filing required campaign reports for the same 2013 primary election. Mr. Miranda, who was the Fourth Ward Councilman at the time, dropped out of the 2013 election after the primary.