Matthew Watkins, a former director of the state Division of Local Government Services, was unanimously approved as the new West New York Business Administrator at Wednesday’s board of commissioners meeting. Watkins will earn an annual salary of $196,000, as well as a car allowance of $500 per month.
Watkins fills in for Joe DeMarco, who left West New York to become the Bayonne business administrator under new Mayor Jimmy Davis. DeMarco made approximately $122,000 annually as the BA in West New York.
Both Donald Scarinci, the town attorney, and Mayor Felix Roque praised Watkins’ resume – with Roque saying the new hire was “part of taking this town to a new era.”