Former North Bergen Department of Public Works Superintendent James Wiley admitted in Hudson County Superior Court that he sent workers to paint buildings for both his son Czar and his son Count – a former West New York commissioner. However, he argued that a verbal shared services agreement was in place for the latter.
Brian Neary, NB DPW Supervisor Troy Bunero’s lawyer in the matter, cross-examined Wiley on whether or not he sent DPW worker’s to the Paramus home of his son Czar Wiley – the North Bergen head football coach, who is also the vice principal of the township’s McKinley School.
“You sent workers to Czar’s house in Paramus, right?” Neary asked.
“Yes,” James Wiley replied, also clarifying that the work was done on township time.
“Did you do this [as] a gift for your son Czar?” Neary questioned.
“I did it for my son, correct,” James Wiley answered, stating his son Czar knew the men painting his home were from the North Bergen Department of Public Works.
While James Wiley also confirmed he sent NB DPW workers to paint the West New York office of Count Wiley – then a town commissioner – in 2012, however, he disputed state Attorney General’s Office Civil Investigator Joseph Salvatore’s notion that the work occurred illegally.
James Wiley argued that a verbal shared services agreement was in place between Union City, West New York, North Bergen, Secaucus and Fairview.
Neither Czar or Count Wiley have been charged as a result of the state AG’s probe of the North Bergen Department of Public Works.