Thu May 24, 2012, 11:35 AM
shawn703 (1,660 posts)
West New York mayor arrested by FBI on hacking charges
Source: New Jersey Star-Ledger
WEST NEW YORK — West New York Mayor Felix Roque was arrested this morning by the FBI on charges of illegally hacking into a website associated with a recall movement, while attempting to tap into e-mails to find who might be plotting against him.
A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s office confirmed the arrest and said Roque’s son, Joseph, was also taken into custody.
According to a criminal complaint filed under seal and released following the arrests, the two men are charged with an electronic dirty tricks campaign in an effort to disrupt and kill the recall movement, whose organizers included West New York and Hudson County employees
Roque, who is a strong supporter of Republican Gov. Chris Christie and repeatedly suggested that he had powerful friends, but never mentioned the governor’s name.
Read more: http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2012/05/west_new_york_mayor_arrested_b.html
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West New York mayor arrested by FBI on hacking charges (Original post)
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Thu May 24, 2012, 11:51 AM
Ian David (68,416 posts)
2. Felix Roque From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Felix Roque is a Cuban-American doctor, Army colonel and Democratic Party politician who is the current Mayor of West New York, New Jersey. The five-person slate he led defeated a slate headed by Mayor Silverio Vega in the May 10, 2011 general election and his running mates chose Roque to serve as the town's mayor. In 2012 the Hudson Reporter named him #14 in its list of Hudson County's 50 most influential people.
2009 Recall Campaign against Silverio Vega
On June 9th, 2009, Dr. Felix Roque, along with 20 West New York residents and supporters, filed a petition with the West New York Town Clerk to recall the then incumbent Mayor Silverio Vega and his team of Commissioners. The movement that would become known as Together We Can focused on dissolving the alleged corruption that was happening in the Town of West New York. For nearly a year, Dr. Roque and a growing number of supporters of the group began campaigning for the recall of Mayor Vega and his Commissioner team while declaring he would indeed run for Mayor in the upcoming Mayoral election. On April 27 and 28 2010, the official court proceedings took place and due to a case mismanagement by Roque's attorney Arthur Neiss, Assignment Judge Maurice Gallipoli was left with no choice but to dismiss the case but not without saying that the people of West New York were not left without a solution if they chose to have one since the upcoming election was to happen on May 10th 2011. The event led Dr. Roque to immediately begin his Mayoral campaign and officially declare his candidacy for Mayor of West New York.
In the first year as Mayor of West New York, Dr Felix Roque was able to reach out to Gov. Christie numerous times while receiving several of his visits to the Town of West New York. On December 6, 2011 Mayor Roque along with Mayor Turner of Weehawken and Mayor Stack from Union City and several other community leaders from nearby towns arranged a Town Hall style meeting with Governor Christie who addressed two bills which he quoted "would keep taxes more level", including his controversial overhaul of public pensions and benefits. Along with this visit, it marked the third time in one year since the Governor had visited the town of West New York, including himself inaugurating Dr. Roque as the new Mayor on an public celebration outside of Town Hall. The achievement of attracting the attention of the Governor has been perceived by residents as a promising start for the Mayor who has always kept the faith of a supporting State administration regardless of its party lines.
He sounds like another tool of ALEC.
Response to shawn703 (Original post)
Thu May 24, 2012, 11:57 AM
Lint Head (10,436 posts)
3. This could open a can of worms if the investigators really want to make history.
I do not think this is isolated. For this to happen at this level is a sign that it is happening and has always happened on a larger scale. It's just that now we are in a digital world. This mayor had to learn it from somewhere. I doubt he is a computer geek considering his forte' is politics and running for office.