Wiley names two commissioner hopefuls in West New York recall effortBy
on February 22, 2013 at 8:37 PM, updated February 22, 2013 at 8:38 PM
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WEST NEW YORK -- Continuing his effort to recall Mayor Felix Roque and the town Board of Commissioners, West New York Commissioner Count Wiley has announced two running mates for his commissioners slate.
Wiley says Roque and the three other commissioners, FiorD'Aliza Frias, Caridad Rodriguez and Ruben Vargas have lost sight of why they were elected in 2011, when they ousted long-time Mayor Sal "Silverio" Vega and his commissioners slate.
To force a recall vote, Wiley must obtain around 5,200 valid petition signatures for each elected official he wants recalled.
Waterfront resident Doug Richardson, 60, and a pastor, Rafael Sanchez, 34, are joining Roque in his recall campaign.
"These two men carry a lot of support," Wiley said yesterday. "I want people to see the beauty in this town."
"A lot of politicians have ignored the waterfront voters," Wiley said. "It's sad what's going on down there. I want them to have representation on the hill and have their support."
Sanchez, a Memorial High School graduate and senior pastor of Worship Ministries in West New York, was chosen by Wiley because of his passion for the community.
"He has a fantastic heart," Wiley said. "He's been successful in the community and he gives back."
Wiley believes that these two, along with two more additions coming soon, are the type of people the town needs in charge.
"I don't care if these people are politicians or not. I want hard workers," Wiley said yesterday. "These are people that really want to make the town better."
Wiley expects that the effort to obtain the necessary signatures will begin next month.
"He has a dream that he wants to be mayor," said Roque, a one-time ally. "Let him do what he has to do."
Roque even joked about offering his experience in recall elections to Wiley. Roque ran a failed recall election against former Mayor Silverio Vega in 2010.
"He should come to me. I consider myself an expert on recalls," Roque joked. "Maybe I could give him some help. I have to say that I could teach him a lesson about how to do a recall."