Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-32), North Bergen Mayor/state Senator Nick Sacco (D-32) and Weehawken Mayor Richard Turner weighed in on West New York Mayor Felix Roque’s indictment alleging that he took $250,000 in cash bribes and other kickbacks.
“Well, an indictment is what it is: it’s charges, there’s a long way to go before there’s a conviction and he has his day in court and I wish him well,” Sacco said outside of FL Williams Public School No. 7 in Jersey City, minutes after the Hudson County Democratic Organization elected new officers.
Weehawken Mayor Richard Turner, a former business administrator in West New York, took a similar tone when addressing Roque’s latest legal woes.
“Every time an elected official is indicted, it’s always disturbing, but remember again, these are accusations and Mayor Roque will have his day in court … And I’m confident everything will come out to the benefit of the town of West New York.”
Prieto, a childhood friend of Roque, expressed a feeling of surprise when addressing the charges Roque currently faces, also emphasizing “innocent until proven guilty.”
While Roque has yet to directly discuss his indictment issued by the state Attorney General’s Office, an attorney representing him in the matter called the allegations “ridiculously false charges.”