West New York Mayor Felix Roque didn’t appear to be feeling any pressure this morning as the municipal elections hit the 11th hour, calling for a 3-to-1 blowout victory over his adversaries.
“Based on polling, this is a science, the way I look at this. We’ve done good polling, we’ve done a good GOTV and we have a lot of volunteers,” Roque told HCV at the polling station located at 58th and Jefferson St. right across from his apartment.
Roque and his four running mates face a stiff test in the New Beginnings West New York team, led by Public Safety Commissioner Gabriel Rodriguez and backed by U.S. Rep. Albio Sires (D-8).
Of course, this isn’t Roque’s first time raging against the machine: he bested Sal Vega back in 2011 (where he was quietly supported by the congressman) and then defeated former Commissioner County Wiley in 2015 – where he was supported by the Hudson County Democratic Organization.
When asked to reflect back on his last two elections, Roque said that this is the best he’s felt by far.
“I feel better. Much better than the first election, much better than the second election, I never needed the [HCDO] line: I have the community. Politics is one thing, but the bottom line is that politicians, especially from the county, aren’t gonna make a difference here,” the mayor said.
“Yes, they are going to help the opposition, but who cares? At the end of the day, I’ll sit down, I’ll shake their hands, but the reality is the residents know what I’ve done for them: my record speaks for itself.”
When asked for a bold prediction for election night, Roque made sure he didn’t disappoint.
“I’m gonna say 3-to-1,” Roque said after taking one more opportunity to berate his opponents for their public jobs.
The polls are open until 8 p.m. in West New York and all five board of commissioners seats are up for grabs.