NEWARK – A federal judge this afternoon released West New York Mayor Felix Roque and his son each on a $100,000 insurance bond and restricted their travel to New York and New Jersey.
The Roques stand charged with three counts apiece of computer hacking and face up to 11 years in jail and $600,000 in penalties.
Judge Mark Falk scheduled a prelimary hearing for June 4 at 11 a.m.
Arrested this morning at his home, Roque appeared in federal court in handcuffs and leg irons, entering the chamber with his son and half a dozen other similarly bound defendants.
He wore a white T-shirt and appeared calm. His son wore a Jeter number 2 Yankees shirt.
At the sight of the entering defendants, a woman in the front row sank to the carpet and a crowd gathered round.
Moments later, as staff escorted her from the room, she said, “That’s my son.”
A West New Yorker identified her as Felix Roque’s ex-wife and the mother of Joseph Roque.
Bounced out of office last year by the Roque Team, former West New York Commissioner Gerry Lange became the focus of reporters’ attention outside the federal building.
“He’s tried to intimidate people,” he said, at which point, former WNY Police Officer Richard Rivera yelled, “”You’ve got some audacity coming here today, Gerry. You’re the one who should be in shackles up there.”