The North Hudson Regional Fire & Rescue Board swore in former Freeholder Jose Munoz at a meeting at Union City City Hall Monday afternoon.
Munoz, who served as the District 7 Freeholder (West New York, Weehawken) from 2007 through 2014, was sworn in as a board member today in a brief ceremony – for a meeting that lasted less than five minutes.
He declined to comment on the board appointment after the meeting.
As Hudson County View first reported, Munoz, a longtime political nemesis of West New York Felix Roque, was appointed to the post after a unanimous vote by the town’s board of commissioners last month.
After the April 21st meeting, Roque said “â€œ[It’s] very simple: I look at the big picture. I concentrate on whatâ€™s important and whatâ€™s important is this town. He cares about this town. So, we both had different opinions, now weâ€™re actually coming together, like many people out there: weâ€™re thinking about the better good.â€
Munoz, in an email, responded at the time:
â€œI look forward to working with Mayor Roque on issues that are important to the residents of our town. It is important to move West New York forward.â€
Munoz, a key witness in a federal hacking trial against Roque, saw the mayor acquitted of all charges in October 2013.
In January, the Town of West New York settled a superior court lawsuit between Roque and Munoz for an undisclosed amount.
Sources, who spoke under the condition of anonymity at the time, said the settlement â€œwasnâ€™t a substantial figureâ€ and wasâ€ well under a $100,000.â€
Then in March, Munoz was one of several old Roque enemies who attended the mayorâ€™s fundraiser at La Reggia in Secaucus.
Munoz now joins Union City Building Code Official Marty Martinetti, North Bergen Business Administrator Chris Pianese, Guttenberg Councilman John Habermann and Weehawken Mayor Richard Turner (the chairman) on the board.
Each member receives a $5,000 stipend to sit on the board.