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State orders woman fired from NJ’s Sandy program



TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — State officials ordered the firing from New Jersey’s Superstorm Sandy recovery program of a woman who pleaded guilty to making illegal campaign contributions.

Eileen Spears of Bradley Beach was working as a temporary employee for a company that the state had contracted to distribute grants to people whose homes were damaged.

The 49-year-old, who went by the name Eileen Kuhfahl, had admitted making more than $17,000 in illegal political donations when she worked for Birdsall Services Group. The engineering company admitted its role in a pay-to-play scheme.

Community Affairs Department spokeswoman Lisa Ryan tells The Star-Ledger of Newark the agency acted to remove Spears once it learned of her guilty plea. Ryan says Spears was supervised and not a risk to the Sandy program.

Spears awaits sentencing.