Beatriz Wiley, the wife of West New York Commissioner Count Wiley, Ernesto Vasquez and Gina Miranda-Diaz were among several witnesses who testified in a voter fraud case against the Wileys at the Brennan Court House in Jersey City.
In the chambers of Judge Hector Velasquez, John Visconi, of Newark law firm McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, questioned Beatriz Wiley about a plethora of topics pertaining to her daily routine.
Questions revolved around where she sleeps, cooks and eats with her family, but also pointed to her 2013 federal tax return as a clear example that the North Bergen committeewoman lives in West New York.
After a long morning, Julio Morejon, the attorney representing Beatriz Wiley, called the tenants that live in the same North Bergen residence as her daughter, Katherine Cano – who also testified – that Beatriz frequents the property often and has a wide array of material belongings at the home.
Ernesto Vasquez, one of the plaintiffs in the case, was also called to the stand by Morejon and although he said he filed the lawsuit to make sure the residents of North Bergen and West New York were not being defrauded, he ended up agreeing with Morejon that Beatriz Wiley lives in North Bergen.
When questioning Gina Miranda-Diaz, Morejon pointed out that she did not have a clear definition of what a committeewoman’s duties are.
Joe Garcia, representing the North Bergen Clerk’s Office, argued that this suit wasn’t filed within the proper time frame, nor do the plaintiffs meet the parameters of who can challenge a candidate.
On the other hand, Visconi was adamant that Beatriz Wiley’s actions proved she was a loving mother and committed landlord, but there was no reason to believe she considers 1615 80th St. in North Bergen her home.
Velasquez did not make a ruling today and said he expects to do so on Monday morning.