Rick Solares, the West New York Board of Education’s head of maintenance, took the podium at the town board of commissioners meeting yesterday to deny allegations put forth by mayoral hopeful/Commissioner Count Wiley that said he strong-armed teachers into signing petitions for Mayor Felix Roque’s re-election team.
“Mr. Wiley, I have not sinned against you or anyone else,” Solares told Wiley during the public portion of the meeting. “And you have certainly not won me over sir. I have no sin to confess.”
“Ladies and gentleman, I am not guilty of what I am being accused of.”
Towards the tail end of his speech, Solares said he never thought he would support Roque or his administration, but he recommended that Wiley “join that team and move West New York forward.”