West New York mayor’s race: Wiley campaign lambastes Menendez, HCDO support for Roque

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WEST NEW YORK – Following a weekend appearance by U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) in support of incumbent West New York Mayor Felix Roque, the campaign of Roque’s rival in the May 12 mayoral election, Commissioner Count Wiley, lashed out at the main political force behind Roque: the Hudson County Democratic Organization (HCDO).

“We have expected that the HCDO and its members would be endorsing the incumbent out of obligation, just as they did in its municipal election loss in 2011,” said Ralph Sanchez, Jr., campaign manager for the West New York United opposition slate, in a written statement, a reference to Roque’s upset victory over then-Mayor Sal Vega in that year’s tough nonpartisan election. “West New York United is dedicated to earning the endorsement from those who matter the most, the people of West New York.

“Throughout this campaign, our candidates have been addressing the real issues, such as the $47 million dollar debt and 53 lawsuits that the town is currently saddled with,” Sanchez continued. “We are focused on bringing positive solutions to the critical issues that improve the quality of life, and not the typical party politics that is usually seen in these elections. Our opponents are pulling every eleventh-hour stunt to bring life to a campaign that is imploding on itself as we speak. I hope the others leaders of the HCDO would stand with the people of West New York and be more real about their disapproval of the current mayor.”

West New York mayor’s race: Wiley campaign lambastes Menendez, HCDO support for Roque