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Former West Orange Councilman and Roseland Resident Still Awaits Sentencing

Cynthia Cumming

Monday, March 10, 2014 • 11:35pm

WEST ORANGE, NJ - Former West Orange Councilman and Roseland resident Kevin Keogh, 48, is still awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty in 2012 to using Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission employees to make repairs and improvements at his home in Roseland with county equipment and supplies.  

Keogh was a $186,000-per-year administrator with the PVSC, located in Newark. In June 2012, Keogh admitted to having employees install kitchen cabinetry in his home with PVSC materials; had the maintenance department replace a new pool filter in his pool; had employees run errands for him during the workday, including the decoration of his home at Christmastime and picking up supplies from Home Depot and Lowes.

On March 10 two other defendants, Paul Bazela, mayor of Northvale in Bergen County, and Anthony Ardis, former PVSC commissioner and chief ethics officer, were found guilty by a Paterson jury of third-degree official misconduct, third-degree conspiracy, third-degree theft, and third-degree pattern of official misconduct. Both Bazela and Ardis also admitted that PVSC employees did repairs at the homes of friends and relatives.

Bazela, 47, was an Operations Supervisor for the PVSC with a $109,600 a year salary. Ardis, 59, was Director of Management Services and Board Clerk. His annual salary was $214,000 a year. Both men face three to five years in prison with sentencing set for May 9. Bazela lost his job as Mayor of Northvale as well.

Keogh  is still awaiting sentencing, said a spokesman for the attorney general’s office. His sentencing has been rescheduled on several occasions over the past two years. He faces up to five years in jail. Keogh was a West Orange councilman from 1998-2005. He resigned from the council in 2005 when he moved to Roseland. He was employed by the PVSC from 1999-2011. He currently lives in South Jersey.

A fourth defendant, Chester Mazza, 72, a former state trooper that served as PVSC's Assistant Superintendent for Special Services with a $127,000 per year salary, also awaits sentencing.

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