In the midst of an ongoing feud with West New York Mayor Felix Roque, U.S. Rep. Albio Sires (D-8) hosted a fundraiser for the “Your Children’s Future” board of education ticket.
“It’s just as important that we, after voting for the senator, congressman and assemblyman, we go down to the bottom and vote for seven, eight and nine [BOE] candidates,” Sires said.
The congressman joke that “I’d never be able to go home” if he won and his wife, Adrienne Kole-Sires, lost on November 6th, but continued that her three-person slate is the best choice for West New York.
“I’m running for the board because I care about West New York and I care about our children. Each child deserves to have a good education and each child deserves to be safe and secure in school,” stated Kole-Sires, who was an educator in town for 37 years.
“Today, every single one of our schools became a Future Ready school,” Trustee Jonathan Castaneda said to applause.
“Over the past three years, we’ve worked hand-in-hand with our superintendent, albeit through difficult times, because of some of the petty nonsense that some of the petty nonsense that some of the board members put us through … to get that recognition today I think goes beyond politics.”
Joseph Rodriguez, a former BOE trustee and the husband of Freeholder Caridad Rodriguez (D-7), referenced the success those in the room had in the June West New York Democratic Committee race as an example of what happens when everyone works together.
“We worked hard against all odds and we won. So the only thing I have to say to you today is go and repeat the same thing again. Let’s stay together and we will win. Because we need a vote for the children of West New York: the future of West New York depends on your vote.”
The Your Children’s Future team are all seeking three, three-year terms on the board and face competition in the “WNY Independents” and the “WNY Cares” slates.
Other dignitaries in attendance included Weehawken Mayor Richard Turner, West New York Commissioners Cosmo Cirillo, Gabriel Rodriguez and Margarita Guzman, BOE Trustee Adam Parkinson and David Morel, former Mayor Sal Vega, ex-Freeholder Jose Munoz, among many others.