Gossips has learned that Tim Rodgers, one-time candidate for alderman in the First Ward, was arrested this afternoon at his SEIU office on Warren Street by the Hudson Police Department and charged with filing a false document--a misdemeanor--as a consequence of current First Ward alderman Geeta Cheddie's complaint against him. Rodgers was arraigned before Judge Richard Koweek, who made it known that he planned to recuse himself from the case because he knows many of the parties involved but offered to conduct the arraignment if Rodgers had no objections. Rodgers was then released on his own recognizance and ordered to appear again on July 6 before Judge Mark Portin.
It will be remembered that Rodgers applied to become a commissioner of deeds, using as his home address 15 Allen Street, a building where he expected to be leasing an apartment. The agreement with the building's owner fell through, and because Rodgers did not immediately think to withdraw it, his application went forward, giving Cheddie cause to file the complaint. Rodgers, who was endorsed by the Hudson Democratic Committee as a candidate for First Ward alderman--an endorsement Cheddie sought and was denied--recently withdrew from the race, ceding his place on the ticket to established First Ward resident and homeowner David Marston. Last week, it was announced that Cheddie has been endorsed by the Republicans.