West New York mayoral candidate Gabriel Rodriguez, seeking to oust two-term incumbent Felix Roque in next week’s non-partisan municipal election, was endorsed today by the Communications Workers of America.
“New Jersey is sick and tired of elected officials like Felix Roque – who for far too long have been far too cozy with corruption, corporate interests and Chris Christie,” said Hetty Rosenstein, the CWA New Jersey state director. “CWA is proud to endorse Gabriel Rodriguez, because he has a healthy respect for working families. West New York deserves a new beginning with a Mayor who works for the people, and public workers deserve a workplace free from political coercion and intimidation.”
The CWA alleged that Roque has a history of politically-motivated retaliations against municipal employees, including changing work assignments, relocating staff and resources, and placing those who back his opponents in unfit office environments.
Roque has strongly denied that in the past.
“Our team is proud to have the support of the hardworking men and women of the CWA who help deliver essential services to our community every single day,” said Rodriguez. “Mayor Roque has failed to live up to his responsibilities as a leader in many ways, but his abuse and mistreatment of town employees that have cost our taxpayers over $3.5 million in legal settlements is one of the most glaring. Our team is running to bring change to our community, and the time for that change is now.”
Rodriguez and two other incumbents, Cosmo Cirillo and Margarita Guzman, ran with Roque in 2015. They are now anchoring a rival slate that is backed by Rep. Albio Sires, a former West New York mayor.
The New Jersey Globe first reported the endorsement.