West New York mayor Felix Roque is seeking a recount after falling 674 votes short of winning re-election to a third term in Tuesday’s non-partisan municipal election.
An attorney for Roque filed with the court today in Hudson County after initially filing in Bergen and having their request rejected. He wants the election machines impounded.
A slate headed by Gabriel Rodriguez captured all five seats. Roque finished in sixth place, trailing Yoleisy Yanez, 3,454 to 2,780.
Roque told the Hudson County View on Wednesday that the election results didn’t reflect his polling.
“The results of this election are dramatically inconsistent with my contact with voters on election day and polling data that we have accumulated. We are investigating numerous irregularities and will evaluate in the near future whether to officially challenge the election,” Roque explained.
Rodriguez, an incumbent commissioner who ran with Roque in 2015, is expected to become mayor when the town commission reorganizes on Tuesday.