West New York Mayor Felix Roque said Tuesday that his reelection campaign isn’t an extension of last year’s bitter battle between Hudson County Democrats.
“I am not running against the Hudson County Democratic Organization or its leadership,” Roque said. “The only support that I seek is from the great citizens of West New York.”
But while Roque may not be running against Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise or Rep. Albio Sires, whom Roque called on to retire during last year’s warette, his opponents have the backing of a largely-reunited Hudson County.
Roque and his slate face challenges from Commissioner, Gabriel Rodriguez, Cosmo Cirillo and Margarita Guzman, school trustee Victor Barrera and Yoleisy Yanez, a local middle school teacher.
Commissioner Sue Colacurcio, school board member Maite Fernandez, West New York recreation commission member Richie Acosta and Ana Luna, a secretary in the town’s rent control department, are running alongside Roque.
Four years ago, Roque ran with Rodriguez and Cirillo, whose slate got a shout-out at the launch of North Bergen Mayor Nick Sacco’s reelection campaign launch last week.
While the political infighting lends significant organizing strength to the “New Beginnings West New York” slate challenging Roque, the incumbent mayor’s hoping he can lean hard enough on his record to make the difference in resources a non-issue.
“As Mayor, I am proud of my record of cutting and stabilizing taxes, hiring 30 police officers, improving our schools, parks, roads and business district,” Roque said. “I will not let my community go back to the past, but together with my running mates I will continue to move West New York forward. During my 36 years of military service, I learned the importance of being a team player, but also learned to be loyal to those who are loyal to me.”