Six candidates vie for empty WNY Board of Education seat tonight

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Six West New York residents will square off for an empty board of education seat that has been vacant ever since then-President Vilma Reyes resigned from the board back in late August in the midst of an FBI probe. 

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By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Julio Garcia, Carlos Guerrero, Thomas Leung (who is running on the four-person M.A.T.H. ticket for the Nov. 4 election), Conny Lizarazo, Lorena Portillo and Genaro Sanchez will all be interviewed before the board subsequently appoints a new member at tonight’s meeting, according to a response to an OPRA request submitted by Hudson County View.

Garcia, a town Housing Authority employee, interviewed for a vacant spot on the board of education back in January, though lost out to trustee Adam Parkinson.

Additionally, Lizarazo has recently gained some notoriety in West New York for being the most vocal parent in calling for a new school bus route to transport students to St. Joseph of the Palisades (the former high school).

Superintendent of Schools John Fauta told Hudson County View the interviews and subsequent appointment will take place during the public portion of the meeting.

Tonight’s meeting takes place at West New York Middle School, located at 201 57th St., at 5 p.m.