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Rivals smack Roque for not backing parks improvements

By David Wildstein, January 18 2019 8:33 pm

Three West New York commissioners running on a slate this is seeking to knock mayor Felix Roque out of office are criticizing the mayor for refusing to vote on a $2.8 million capital funding ordinance to improve three local parks.

“Mayor Roque’s action is completely irresponsible and demonstrates a lack of leadership and a complete inability to make decisions that benefit the residents of this community,” said commissioner Gabriel Rodriguez. “It is especially troubling that Mayor Roque would pass the buck onto the next administration, as he said, rather than make a decision. This is exactly why West New York so desperately needs new leadership in May and why I know residents have had enough of the chaos and reckless irresponsibility of the Roque administration.”

Opponents charge that Roque’s failure to act on renovations to Miller Stadium, McEldowney Field and Centennial Field could result in a loss of potential county and state grant monies.

“We could lose $1.5 million in grant money if we fail to act now. This money will offset the cost of the improvements, in a few months the opportunity may be gone,” said Commissioner Cosmo Cirillo. “It is truly a shame that the children of our community may have to suffer because Mayor Roque wants to kick the can down the road. I hope this is further confirmation to all residents that Mayor Roque must be defeated in May.”

Commissioner Margarita Guzman said she was disappointed by Roque’s “refusal to do the right thing for our children.”

“They deserve modern, safe parks and recreation facilities and it is disgusting that the Mayor is putting his own political grudge ahead of their best interests,” Guzman said.

The New Beginnings West New York slate was announced this week, with a campaign kickoff held tonight.  The three incumbents will be joined by former school board member Victor Barrera and Yoleisy Yanez, the  supervisor of Special Education for the West New York Board of Education.

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