If the Hudson County warette breaks into a war, West New York Mayor Felix Roque could be the first guy sent into battle. He’s up for re-election in May 2019 and the outcome of that fight might determine where West New York sits in a contested primary a month later.
One commissioner who ran on the Roque slate, in 2015 Cosmo Cirillo, is reportedly interested in becoming the next mayor.
Roque was one of four mayors to support a move to replace DeGise, but on Sunday most of the West New York political establishment went in a different direction. Three of the other four city commissioners endorsed DeGise, including Cirillo. So did Rep. Albio Sires, a former West New York mayor, Freeholder Caridad Rodriguez, and Assemblywoman Anjelica Jimenez.
Like the rest of Hudson County, West New York has an interesting political history. In 1993, then-outsider Sires led a movement to recall six-term Mayor Anthony DeFino. Voters voted to recall him from office by a 4,266 to 3,774 vote margin, but then immediately re-elected DeFino by a vote of 4,302 to 4,087. Two years later, DeFino retired and Sires succeeded him as mayor.
Editor’s Note: Enfants perdus means soliders on a dangerous post or mission.