Nearly six months after the West New York Board of Commissioners were unable to find a fourth vote to bond for around four million dollars in order to renovate three fields including Miller Stadium, the measure was passed at last week’s meeting.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
One week ago, the commissioners unanimously approved (5-0) the first reading of an ordinance that would allow the town to install a new drainage and turf playing system at Miller Stadium, Patricia McEldowney Field will also receive turf and Centennial Field will receive improvements that include adding security cameras.
“Our parks have been severely neglected in recent years, denying our children and all residents the open space and recreational opportunities they deserve,” Mayor Gabriel Rodriguez said in a statement.
“We had an opportunity to right that wrong earlier this year, but unfortunately politics got in the way and the former mayor blocked these much-needed improvements. I’m proud that one of our new administration’s first acts is investing in our community and our youth while fixing that profound mistake.”
Furthermore, these improvements will be made at no cost to West New York taxpayers and will be funded by County of Hudson and State of New Jersey grants secured.
“Our children are our community’s future, and I can’t wait to see these parks be rebuilt to suit their needs and give all of them places to play, learn, and grow,” added Parks and Public Property Commissioner Victor Barrera.
“West New York residents deserve these kinds of community amenities and our entire team is committed to delivering on our promise to move our town forward with actions like this.”