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Union City leader apologizes for breaking campaign law

UNION CITY — Gurnam “Gary” Singh, a Union City leader fined recently for breaking campaign contribution laws four years ago, has apologized.

Singh, a planning commissioner since 2006, also said he will not run for City Council in November.

“When I ran in 2010, I was inexperienced and was not aware at the time what we did was incorrect,” Singh said in a statement emailed to this newspaper. “Putting family over politics, we have paid the fine and are ready to move on (and) learn from our mistakes, and I promise that it will not happen again.”

Singh laundered campaign contributions during Singh’s failed 2010 City Council bid, the Fair Political Practices Commission announced three weeks ago.

Singh and Jo Ann Lew, a fellow planning commissioner and treasurer of the Gary Singh for City Council 2010 committee, waived their rights to a hearing and agreed to pay a total of $15,000, the state agency said.

“I want to apologize to my family, friends and supporters for the embarrassment this has caused,” Singh wrote. “I will continue to be involved in the city and do what I can do to help this city move forward.”

Chris DeBenedetti