On a day where North Bergen officials praised the State Division of Consumer Affairs for enforcing “Angelie’s Law,” one resident said he still isn’t satisfied with the way jitney buses are operating on Bergenline Avenue.
Vincent Inga, who has made his stance for stronger jitney bus regulations quite clear in recent months, continued to advocate for his position at Wednesday’s North Bergen Board of Commissioners meeting.
“Bergenline Avenue right now, Nicky, is a killing field,” he said to Mayor Nick Sacco, also the state Senator of District 32.
“I patrol, I forgot my notes, I got the names of 60 vans: do we need that money? No. They’re driving crazy. Do you want to hear the best? I’m on 62nd Street and Bergenline Avenue [and I say] ‘slow down, this is America.’ What do you think he done to me? (Holds up middle finger).”
As in his previous speeches, Inga has called for Sacco to fight for a state grant that would allow a police task force that includes officers from Union City, North Bergen and West New York to patrol Bergenline Avenue and spot jitney buses driving unsafely.
He also called for Union City Mayor/state Senator (D-33) Brian Stack, U.S. Rep. Albio Sires (D-8) and U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) to join the fight.
At one point Sacco responded to the remarks, praising the DCA for continuing random inspections of jitney buses along Bergenline Avenue, issuing violations when appropriate.
He also noted that the continued effort has resulted in violations for 15 separate companies that totaled at least $1,000 each.
“It is absolutely unacceptable for commuter van operators to fail to comply with Angelie’s Law, which was designed to ensure the safety of riders, pedestrians and all residents of Hudson County and beyond,” Sacco said in a statement.
“I thank the Division of Consumer Affairs for working with our North Bergen Police Department in enforcing this vital law that protects our residents and I expect to see continued enforcement operations like this to make it very clear to van operators that if they do not abide by the law they will be caught and penalized.”
Sacco was the prime sponsor of “Angelie’s Law,” which was named for toddler Angelie Paredes who was tragically killed by an out of control van.
Additionally, Commissioner Julio Marenco, who is a close friend of the Paredes family – who acted as their spokesman in the wake of the tragedy – weighed in on the situation as well.
“Sadly, nothing will ever bring Angelie back to the parents and family who loved her so much, but I know that Maylin and Jairo Paredes are happy to see the law that was passed in their daughter’s name be enforced and that the authorities are taking action to prevent another tragedy like what happened two years ago from ever happening again.”