Alcantara-backed West New York BOE slate pulls 1, 2,3 for November 6th ballot


The three-person West New York Board of Education slate backed by activist Jose “Toby” Alcantara,” simply known as the “WNY Independents,” pulled the best ballot position possible for the November 6th race. 

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Richie Acosta, Cheryl Barona and George Payan will have the first, second and third spots on the fall ballot, respectively, in the eight-person race for three seats on the board, according to the Hudson County Clerk’s Office.

Incumbent Lorena Portillo is fourth, while her running mate, Jesus Aristy, will occupy the fifth spot on the ballot.

Their team, “WNY Cares,” originally also included Father Carlo Fortunio, but he withdrew from the race last week, as only Hudson County View reported.

Rounding out the ballot for West New Yorkers is the “Your Children’s Future” slate of Adrienne Sires, the wife of U.S. Rep. Albio Sires (D-8), Trustee Jonathan Castaneda, and Joseph Rodriguez, the husband of Freeholder Caridad Rodriguez (D-7).

They will fill the 6, 7, and 8 positions on the ballot, respectively, in a race where each available seat is good for a three-year term on the board.

The ballot drawing is unofficial until August 28th, the last day candidates have the ability to withdraw from the race.

Trustee Matthew Cheng is not seeking re-election.


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