Ex-Newark deputy mayor pleads not guilty
NEWARK, NJ (WABC) -- A former aide to Newark Mayor Cory Booker has pleaded not guilty to extortion and bribery charges for allegedly steering city demolition contracts to a company in which he had a financial interest.
Ronald Salahuddin was named in a federal indictment released Feb. 18.
Also indicted was Sonnie L. Cooper, owner and president of S.
Cooper Brothers Trucking Inc., the company in which Salahuddin allegedly had a stake. Cooper also pleaded not guilty Friday in U.S. District Court in Trenton.
Salahuddin was released on $250,000 bail, Cooper on $100,000 bail.
Salahuddin resigned last year as deputy mayor, citing health issues.
U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman has said there is no evidence Booker was involved in illegal activity.
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