WEST NEW YORK – West New York Mayor Felix Roque was reelected on Tuesday by a wide margin, defeating opposition mayoral candidate Commissioner Count Wiley in what proved to be a classic rough-and-tumble Hudson County municipal election.
With 17 voting districts counted out of 23 total voting districts in West New York, Roque had an unofficial lead of 700 votes over Wiley.
“I didn’t win. You guys won,” Roque said, addressing a packed crowd at Roque’s campaign headquarters at the corner of Palisades Avenue and 54th Street on Tuesday night. “We kept our promises, which is why the voters said ‘four more years’ to us.”
In victory, Roque referred to a reported street fight outside of a West New York polling station on Tuesday morning in which Wiley allegedly struck Joseph Roque, the mayor’s son. Wiley has denied the allegations and has accused the younger Roque of assault.
“I am so proud of my son who endured psychical punishment this morning and he kept going,” Roque said to cheers from the crowd. “God is great, and my purpose is to lead this town into a better future for all West New Yorkers.”
Roque also thanked his campaign manager, Pablo Fonseca, for being the “precision surgeon who made my victory possible.”