Land deal creates sticky mess for city official brothers

Two brothers serving as city officials in Elizabeth, signed off on a half-million dollar mortgage for a property in Warren that could make them ineligible for the government posts they hold.

Documents published by the Observer show brothers Jose and agreed in June, to mortgage terms that include a promise take up primary residence within 60 day at the Warren property  and continue to live there for at least a year.

The mortgage says that “borrower shall occupy, establish, and use the property as borrower’s principal residence within 60 days after the execution of this security instrument and shall continue to occupy the property as borrower’s principal residence for at least one year.”

Eduardo Rodriguez is the municipal director of planning and community development.

Jose Rodriguez has been a member of the Elizabeth school board since 2013 and he is re-election next month.

Both are covered by Elizabeth residency requirements, according to the Observer. The brothers shared a five percent – 95 percent interest in the $705,000 home located at 183 Mountain Ave, Warren, NJ 07059, which was described as a stunning 3,116 sq. ft. colonial set on gorgeous park like 1.77 acres backing to park land.

Property tax records from Somerset County show the house has been owned since is was last sold in May 2014 for $798,500, by Jose Rodriguez.


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