Closing statements today in Suarez corruption trial

Closing statements are expected today in the corruption trial of Ridgefield Mayor Anthony Suarez and an associate. Both are accused of accepting money from a

NEWARK - Closing statements are expected today in the corruption trial of Ridgefield Mayor Anthony Suarez and an associate. Both are accused of accepting money from a federal informant who posed as a corrupt developer seeking help with zoning approvals. They face bribery and extortion charges.

During the two-week trial, both defendants testified they met with Solomon Dwek but did nothing illegal. Dwek secretly taped the meetings and testified that he gave Guttenberg tax preparer Vincent Tabbachino $10,000 to give to Suarez as a bribe.

Suarez and Tabbachino were among more than 40 people arrested last year in a massive federal corruption sting. Nearly half have pleaded guilty. Two were convicted at trial by Dwek's testimony.

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