Sources: Cosmo Cirillo to replace Ruben Vargas as West New York commissioner


Cosmo Cirillo, a former West New York Board of Education president and the current senior advisor to Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-32), will be appointed as a town commissioner at a special meeting Tuesday morning. The meeting was called specifically to swear in Ruben Vargas’ replacement.


According to sources who spoke under the condition of anonymity, Cirillo will be sworn in by North Bergen Mayor/State Senator (D-32) Nick Sacco and will be on Mayor Felix Roque’s re-election ticket for the May 2015 municipal election in West New York.

Cirillo, 27, is also a former staffer for Assemblywoman Angelica Jimenez (D-32) and was also a staunch critic of Roque at one point.

“Cosmo is one of many people that have been interviewed [for the vacant commissioner seat],” town spokesman Pablo Fonseca told Hudson County View.

Fonseca added that Cirillo’s resume is impressive, but did not outright confirm or deny that he would be joining the West New York Board of Commissioners to oversee the Department of Public Affairs next week.

As Hudson County View first reported, Vargas resigned for undisclosed personal reasons on Thursday afternoon, just one day after Gabriel Rodriguez was sworn in as the commissioner of the department of public works in West New York.

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  1. what a joke…. calling Roque repeatedly a criminal and corrupt and now he will sit next to him….what a farce this town has become….its obvious to me that the puppetmasters who have been calling all the shots in WNY do not care about WNY at all .. and .Roque must be blind to the fact that these appointees are here to overthrow him should the ticket win in May…

  2. Your observation is on point Dorinne! Beware when you have a fox guarding the hen house.And then a wolf, in sheep’s clothing. .And now a baby hyena… get the point .
    What is going on in our town?I really cannot express my opinion here,however it is repulsive and I concur with Miss Auriemma’s observations. The outsiders are already inside,in sheep’s clothing. PEOPLE OF WEST NEW YORK, WAKE UP! DO NOT BE FOOLED AGAIN.

  3. This is why Sal Vega was one of the worst elected officials in the history of Hudson, if not the worst. Him and his lackeys engaged in plenty of corruption, but when Roque committed wrongdoing, they were the ones to squawk the loudest. Since he’s joined Felix, lets pretend Felix was a great guy all along. Now since daddy Vega told Cosmo its ok to join Roque, Cosmo goes along with it and all his people cheer and applaud the move like a bunch of bafoons. As bad as Roque is, the Vega crowd doesn’t have any ethics or morals either.

  4. This is disgusting. Felix is an idiot. If he can’t see that after the next election he will be lucky to be the Mayor. They will vote him out of his own office. And then young, fun loving, Sal loving, Sal you used to be my gym teacher Cirillo will take office. Oh the web we weave when we practice to deceive. Good luck Felix.