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Racial Slurs Caught on Tape Likely Voice of Belleville Councilwoman, Expert Says

Mayoral candidate Marie Strumolo Burke denies making remarks left on answering machine.

Marie Strumolo Burke (Patch file photo)
Marie Strumolo Burke (Patch file photo)
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An audio forensic expert who was paid by several community members claims the voice recording of a woman making racial slurs was likely Belleville councilwoman and mayoral candidate Marie Strumolo Burke.

The Democratic First Ward councilwoman has repeatedly denied it was her saying, "this is gonna be a [expletive] [N-word] town" in response to an unidentified person complaining about a potential municipal tax increase in a message left on Councilman Kevin Kennedy's answering machine, according to NorthJersey.com.

However, Edward Primeau, a Michigan audio forensic expert who analyzed a 911 call in the shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin, said on Tuesday he is 85 percent certain Strumolo Burke is the woman speaking in the recording, NorthJersey.com reported.

Primeau compared the recording with audio he obtained from the municipality of Strumolo Burke speaking at two recent council meetings. Primeau believes the woman on the tape is Strumolo Burke, but he would need a sample of the councilwoman repeating the exact words in the recording to be 100 percent sure, according to the report.

Strumolo Burke is challenging incumbent Raymond Kimble in the May 13 mayoral race.

Kimble, who claimed he was not involved in having the lab examine the audio, said he first received the recording in October, according to The Star-Ledger. It remains unclear, however, when the message was actually left. A copy of the recording was posted to YouTube on March 26 and has received more than 7,000 views.

A group of "concerned citizens," led by DPW employee Thomas Grolimond, funded the $1,320 analysis, Primeau told The Star-Ledger.

Strumolo Burke, who has denied the allegations when confronted at recent council meetings, said the report was politically motivated.

"I am outraged and I am ‘100% certain’ that Kimble’s fingerprints are all over this report," Strumolo Burke said in an email to The Star-Ledger. "We don’t need to pay thousands of dollars to a laboratory to prove that these false accusations lead right back to Kimble."
susan marra May 03, 2014 at 06:28 PM
all ridiculous bs fess up and move on if you plan on being elected nobody likes a lier
Tom May 03, 2014 at 06:39 PM
85% certain? Sounds idiotic...how can you be certain at 85%??
BIG DADDY May 03, 2014 at 08:51 PM
Nutley watch, Both people are idiots,her for saying the all too famous word that only black people can use, and the Idiot who can't win an election merely based on his popularity
Daniel Collins May 09, 2014 at 02:51 PM
Here we go again Kennedy are putting out false reports saying that this person made racial comments when they didn't do it all all. This whole thing is a lie put together by them. They did this because they know they are going to lose this coming Tuesday. We know this is not true but Kennedy wants people to believe so he can gain more votes. Here my answer your lie about this statement by Marie Strumolo Burke is not true but a plan put together by Kennedy and his cohorts to say that person said this so he could gain votes and discredit this person. You lie has been revealed and soon everyone will know it is a lie.

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