Sentencing of ex-West New York Commissioner Vargas pushed until Oct. 6

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The sentencing of former West New York Commissioner Ruben Vargas has been postponed for a second time, now scheduled for October 6, according to a spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office. Ruben Vargas

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Vargas’ sentencing was originally set for August 18, was postponed until September 14 and has now again been pushed until October 6, according to U.S. attorney’s office spokesman William Skaggs.

As Hudson County View first reported, Vargas, 65, pleaded guilty to performing equity skimming with a $417,000 loan from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) back in May.

Vargas admitted in court that on or about September 21, 2007, he purchased the rental property, located at 5512 Grant Pl., and purposely stopped making payments on it, yet continued to collect rental income from the residence.

A former car salesman, the elected official resigned from office in February 2015, citing “personal circumstances” as the reason.

Since then, he has found employment at both the town’s housing and parking authorities, earning annual salaries of $35,000 and $40,000, respectively.

Despite his guilty plea, both autonomous agencies initially opted to keep Vargas on the payroll.

However, at the end of June, the HUD Departmental Enforcement Center informed Vargas that he would be suspended without pay from the housing authority.

At the regularly scheduled May meeting of the West New York Housing Authority, Agency Counsel Frank Leanza insisted that there was no reason to terminate Vargas since such an action was not explicitly stated in his plea agreement.

Vargas’ attorney in the matter, Chris Adams, of Holmdel, could not immediately be reached at his office or via email.

Adams is also representing West New York Mayor Felix Roque, who had Vargas run on his victorious commissioner slate in May 2011, in his bribery case brought forth by the state Attorney General’s Office. That court matter currently has a trial scheduled for November 29.

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  1. My thinking on this situation is , it pays to be a crook with the Roque administration because you get rewarded with jobs . He has already had two postponements and he still has a job on the town payroll . I know everyone is innocent until proven guilty but Vargus pleaded guilty a long time ago. A disgrace for the residents and the town of WNY

  2. I agree with you non political taxpayer.seems that lately no just in wny but every where if your honest and do your job what ever that job may be your scrued,but DONT do your job or do it sloppy and its ok. this town is going to hell faster and faster each day and it breakes my heart. I cant waite untill next elections hope fully we can rid of them ALL,and get honest people back to run this town.

  3. The most disturbing issue is all the town employees who were fired for polictial reasons and had to sue the town to get their jobs back but a criminal who is waiting to be sentenced is permitted to stay on the town payroll . The taxpayers are the losers .

  4. Why Does Rueben Vargas and the other employee put money in a bag he holds while collecting the meter money for the parking authority? is that normal how its done?

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