Council president expected to be named Atlantic City mayor
Added 10-15-19 02:22:02am EST - “For over a decade, things had been quiet in Atlantic City, the seaside gambling resort known as much for its colorful political corruption as for its slot machines and salt water taffy.” - Washingtontimes.com
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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - For over a decade, things had been quiet in Atlantic City, the seaside gambling resort known as much for its colorful political corruption as for its slot machines and salt water taffy.
But that came to an end earlier this month when Mayor Frank Gilliam Jr. pleaded guilty to wire fraud, admitting in a federal courtroom that he had stolen $87,000 from a youth basketball club he founded and spent much of the money on himself.
He became the fifth Atlantic City mayor to be busted on corruption charges since the 1970s. The city’s history of graft and dirty-dealings at City Hall is so rich that HBO based the award-winning TV series “Boardwalk Empire” on it, focusing on turn-of-the-century politicians and crooks.
Tuesday evening, Atlantic City will get its next mayor, and it’s expected to be a councilman who lost to Gilliam in a bitterly fought primary two years ago.
Council President Marty Small took over as acting mayor when Gilliam resigned on Oct. 3 and is expected to be chosen by the City Council to serve as mayor for just over a year. In the November 2020 general election, a candidate will be elected to serve the remaining final year of Gilliam’s term.
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