Report shows numerous officials, including Mayor Felix Roque to former Mayor Sal e Vega, using WNY School district for political power and enrichment at the expense of the teachers and school children.
West New York, April 25 , 2013: The New Jersey Department of Education Investigative Unit recently released a report into the hiring practices of the West New York School District and Board of Education. The findings have named numerous town officials, such as indicted WNY Mayor Felix Roque and Commissioner Vargas to former WNY Mayor Sal Vega, in the unethical and possible criminal actions exposed by this report. In one such instance, the report uncovers a “political hit list” that Mayor Roque and his administration used to eliminate personnel that did not support his political agenda.
West New York Mayoral Candidate Carlos “Chuck” Betancourt stated,” This has confirmed my suspicions that the inept administration that currently plagues our town hall, has now spread into the Board of Education and our school. It’s deplorable that these officials are using the school district to enrich themselves and promote their corrupt political agendas at the cost of the teachers, schoolchildren, and taxpayers.”
In addition, the report exposes numerous individuals being hired for positions without any proper qualifications or experience to do so. This report was initiated after the Federal Bureau of Investigations came across questionable fund raising practices and employment practices in their investigation of Mayor Felix Roque. In its findings, the Department of Education has forwarded this report to the New Jersey State Attorney General’s Office, Department of Local Government Services, and the Department of Community Affairs for further enforcement/action. “
I implore the NJ Attorney General to intervene and remedy this horrific situation that is plaguing our town and school district. “This is just further proof of the criminal actions that are occurring on a daily basis with this administration. The residents of West New York must demand change immediately and unite in battling this ongoing plague upon us. Our children’s’ education is not a bargaining chip for any politician or person to use to empower or enrich themselves with,” stated Mr. Betancourt.