Joseph Vas
American politician
Joseph Vas
Joseph Vas is an American Democratic Party politician, who has served in the New Jersey General Assembly from 2004–2010, where he represented the 19th Legislative District. He did not seek re-election to the assembly in 2009. He also served as Mayor for the City of Perth Amboy from 1990 to 2008. He was defeated for re-election to a 5th full term by local bank vice president Wilda Diaz in 2008 by a 58% to 42% margin.
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Driver for former Perth Amboy mayor admits to rigging public lottery for ... - The Star-Ledger - NJ.com
Google News - over 5 years
PERTH AMBOY — Anthony Jones was a maintenance worker for the Perth Amboy police, but state officials say it was another job he had — driving for then Mayor Joseph Vas — that came with a house. Jones got the reward in 2003 when Vas rigged a public
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Anthony Jones, ex-Perth Amboy mayor Joe Vas' driver, pleads guilty to role in ... - newjerseynewsroom.com
Google News - over 5 years
Anthony S. Jones, who served as personal driver to imprisoned former Perth Amboy Mayor Joseph Vas, pleaded guilty on Thursday in connection with a scheme involving him and Vas to rig a public housing lottery. Under a plea agreement, the state will
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Ex-Perth Amboy mayor Vas begins federal prison sentence - MyCentralJersey.com
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PERTH AMBOY — Former city Mayor Joseph Vas has begun serving his federal prison sentence at an Ohio facility. Vas reported to the Federal Correctional Institution in Elkton, Ohio, at 11:45 am Wednesday, according to Chris Burke, spokesman for the US
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Former Perth Amboy mayor Joseph Vas begins prison sentence - The Star-Ledger - NJ.com
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By Sue Epstein/The Star-Ledger Aristide Economopoulos/The Star-LedgerFormer assemblyman and Perth Amboy mayor Joseph Vas as he enters the Federal Courthouse in Newark for sentencing in April 2011. Charged with corruption, Vas began his 6 1/2 year
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Sri Lanka Schools Karate team takes wing to Malaysia - Daily Mirror
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... Colombo), KA Sangeeth Navodhya (Kelaniya Guru Kula MV) and RR Ravishka Deshan Kulatunga (Wennappuwa Joseph Vas Vidyalaya.), W. Vidushika Prabhani (Gampaha Yasodara Devi Balika Vidyalaya), RAA Roshani Wasundara Perera (Horana Sripali Vidyalaya
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Culture of Puerto Rico to be celebrated this weekend - MyCentralJersey.com
Google News - over 5 years
But a few years back, under former Mayor Joseph Vas' administration, the festival almost came to an end. In February 2005, the Puerto Rican Patriotic Cultural Committee of Perth Amboy that organized the festival applied for the public entertainment
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Perth Amboy residents question future of luxury condominium complex - MyCentralJersey.com
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Keith Muccilli/Staff photographer PERTH AMBOY — Tracy Jordan bought into former Mayor Joseph Vas' redevelopment vision of luxury condominium life along Perth Amboy's waterfront. Jordan, a former Woodbridge resident, bought a condominium in the
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South Amboy housing official says he's not guilty - MyCentralJersey.com
Google News - over 5 years
TRENTON — The executive director of the South Amboy Housing Authority pleaded not guilty Tuesday to funding Joseph Vas' unsuccessful 2006 congressional campaign with more than $30000 in illegal contributions. Despite the indictments being returned two
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Ex-Assemblyman Joseph Vas granted another month before beginning prison sentence - The Star-Ledger - NJ.com
Google News - almost 6 years
PERTH AMBOY — Former assemblyman and Perth Amboy mayor Joseph Vas has been given another month before he must begin a federal prison sentence on corruption charges. Originally scheduled to surrender to an Ohio federal prison on May 25,
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New Jersey Insurance Broker Indicted for Election Fraud - Insurance Journal
Google News - almost 6 years
Francis Gartland is accused of scheming with another man to recruit straw donors to funnel money into the 2006 Congressional campaign of then-Perth Amboy Mayor Joseph Vas in 2006. South Amboy Housing Authority director Thomas O'Leary also was indicted
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Two insurance brokers with ties to Assemblyman Joseph Vas charged with ... - NJ.com
Google News - almost 6 years
PERTH AMBOY — The fallout from the illegal contributions to former Assemblyman Joseph Vas' failed congressional bid spread Thursday with the announcement that a federal grand jury has indicted two insurance brokers on charges they funneled more than ... - -
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Diaz to be inducted into Perth Amboy HS Hall of Fame - Asbury Park Press
Google News - almost 6 years
She said the ceremony comes on the third anniversary of her May 13, 2008, mayoral election victory over former Mayor Joseph Vas. “That day is such a special day. To me it's amazing,” said Diaz who feels she is being recognized for being a part of
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Perth Amboy pays nearly $8M to Chevron Corp. to settle property tax appeals - The Star-Ledger - NJ.com
Google News - almost 6 years
Jeff Williams, manager for Chevron's product, supply and trading group, thanked Diaz and her administration for resolving the appeal before it went to trial. The contested revaluation was done under former Mayor Joseph Vas' administration
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IN THE REGION | NEW JERSEY; A Bayfront City Recovers
NYTimes - over 6 years
PERTH AMBOY XIOMARA CEPEDA says it was an accident that she and her fiancé found their way here, to a deal on a new three-bedroom condominium with a sweeping view of the Raritan Bay, the Outerbridge Crossing and Staten Island. The pair currently rent an apartment on Staten Island, and often zip across the bridge to dine at one of the many ethnic
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Life Can Imitate Art: Indictments Describe Deals More Fit for a Crime Movie
NYTimes - over 7 years
They did it in diners. They did it in parking lots. What emerges on page after page of the federal government's corruption investigation is that so many of the alleged deals happened in places that are almost visual clichés about New Jersey corruption. And some of the dialogue seems straight out of an introductory screenwriting class. Here are
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POLITICAL MEMO; Newcomer's Rise Signals a Shift in Power
NYTimes - over 8 years
AFTER a head-spinning six months in New Jersey politics -- which saw some of the most enduring leaders in the state moved aside by criminal convictions and retirement -- the latest newcomer got her turn at center stage last week. On Tuesday, Wilda Diaz -- a former bank executive, community organizer and mother of two -- was sworn in as mayor of
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ON POLITICS; Bucking the Trend in a Year of Change
NYTimes - over 8 years
IN a year in which federal prosecutors and New Jersey's notoriously fickle voters nudged one longtime officeholder after another from the political stage, the Democratic nomination for the United States Senate seemed ripe for an upset. After all, the past 12 months have witnessed the conviction in federal court of Sharpe James, the mayor of Newark
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THE WEEK; Anti-Discrimination Law Will Protect Transgendered
NYTimes - about 10 years
A measure signed by Gov. Jon S. Corzine earlier this month will protect the civil rights of transgender people by amending the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination to add ''gender identity or expression'' to the list of protected characteristics. Under the law, which will take effect in June, transgender people will be protected from
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Joseph Vas
    FIFTIES
  • 2011
    Age 56
    He began serving his sentence in June 2011 at the Federal Correctional Institution, Elkton in Ohio.
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    On April 12, 2011, Vas was sentenced in federal court to a six-and-a-half year prison term on his corruption conviction.
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  • 2009
    Age 54
    On May 21, 2009, Vas, Ramos, and others were again indicted by a state grand jury, this time on nineteen counts including official misconduct and conspiracy.
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    On May 20, 2009, Vas and his longtime top mayoral aide, Melvin Ramos, were indicted by a federal grand jury for six counts of mail fraud, one count of misapplication of funds, two counts of making false statements to the Federal Election Commission, one count of making false statements to federal agents, and one count of making contributions to a federal candidate in the name of others.
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    On March 11, 2009, New Jersey Attorney General Anne Milgram announced that a grand jury had indicted Vas on eleven counts, including conspiracy, official misconduct, bid-rigging and tampering with records.
    More Details Hide Details Following the indictment, Governor of New Jersey Jon Corzine issued a joint statement with Assembly Speaker Joseph J. Roberts and state Democratic Party Chairman Joseph Cryan demanding that Vas step down from office. The statement cited "serious public corruption charges" related to Vas's use of Perth Amboy funds to pay for thousands of dollars in personal expenses while serving as mayor.
    Vas resigned as the party chairman in 2009.
    More Details Hide Details He was convicted of state corruption charges in 2010 and federal corruption charges in 2011. For nearly two decades, Joe Vas was a major political powerhouse and boss in Perth Amboy and Middlesex County politics. His 2008 upset defeat followed by corruption charges sent a shockwave in New Jersey politics as a one time political boss and powerbroker had fallen. Vas attended Vanderbilt University and is a founding member (with his brother Ralph) of R&J Associates, an insurance agency. He is a past president of the Perth Amboy Chamber of Commerce.
  • 2008
    Age 53
    By at least late October 2008, Vas and his entire mayoral administration were under investigation by state and federal law enforcement.
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    In May 2008, Vas received just 39% of the vote in the mayoral election, despite outspending his opponent, Wilda Diaz, by nearly 5 to 1.
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    He was re-elected several times, but was defeated for reelection in 2008 by Wilda Diaz.
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    He was elected Perth Amboy Democratic Chairman in 2008, succeeding his longtime campaign chairman Ray Geneske.
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    He was defeated for re-election to a 5th full term by local bank vice president Wilda Diaz in 2008 by a 58% to 42% margin.
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  • 2007
    Age 52
    On January 11, 2007, according to the indictment, Vas coerced the city’s Assistant Personnel Officer to approve that advance, naming him Acting Business Administrator so he would have the authority to do so.
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  • 2006
    Age 51
    In 2006, Vas ran for the U.S. House of Representatives, seeking to fill the seat Bob Menendez vacated to become a U.S. Senator, but was defeated by Albio Sires in the June 6, 2006, primary, 70% to 30%.
    More Details Hide Details Despite the uphill battle, Vas won 77% of the vote in Middlesex County and captured several voting districts in Jersey City, Newark and Bayonne. However, Vas was crushed nearly 8 to 1 in North Hudson, Sires' homebase. Sires allies Silverio Vega, Brian Stack and Nick Sacco delivered massive turnouts in their respective towns of West New York, Union City and North Bergen. Sires has the party lines and support in Hudson, Essex and Union Counties. Sires defeated Vas in Essex County, 63% to 37%, in Union County 66% to 34%, in Bayonne 57% to 43% and in Jersey City 64% to 36%. Vas demolished Sires in Middlesex County, 77% to 23%. However, Sires crushed Vas in North Hudson, winning most towns by 80% of the vote, making the Middlesex results for Vas inconsequential. Sires has the support in the primary of Bayonne Mayor Joe Doria, Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy, Newark political boss Steve Adubato, Carteret Mayor Dan Reiman, Senator Ray Lesniak, Assemblyman and Democratic State Chairman Joe Cryan, Governor Jon Corzine, Senator Bob Menendez, Senator Frank Lautenberg, Assembly Speaker Joe Roberts and former Governor Jim Florio. Vas had the support of Middlesex County Sheriff Joe Spicuzo, Assemblyman Tony Chiappone, Senator Sandra Cunningham, Jersey City Councilman Steven Fulop and Woodbridge Mayor Frank Pelzman.
  • FORTIES
  • 2003
    Age 48
    Vas was elected to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2003; he was re-elected in 2005 and 2007 where he served as chairman of a powerful assembly committee and served as a member of the Assembly Budget Committee.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1990
    Age 35
    Vas served as Mayor of Perth Amboy, New Jersey, beginning in 1990, when he became the first Hispanic elected to serve as the city's mayor.
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    He also served as Mayor of Perth Amboy, New Jersey from 1990 to 2008.
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  • 1988
    Age 33
    Vas was one of two Hispanic candidates who ran against incumbent George Otlowski in the 1988 mayoral race, with Vas coming in second, losing by 325 votes.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1955
    Age 0
    Born on January 18, 1955.
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