Earlier this month, the Union City Board of Commissioners unanimously passed a resolution appointing three new members to the city’s housing authority board: a board of education trustee, a BOE attorney and a police officer.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
Added to the housing authority board of commissioners, which consists of seven members, are BOE trustee Carlos Vallejo, BOE counsel Elise DiNardo and police officer Antonio “Tony” Martinez.
Vallejo, also a city hall employee, is replacing commissioner Delsa DeMartinez, Martinez is taking over for commissioner Teresa Ferrer and Dinardo will serve in place of Edwin Marinez.
All three new members will serve five-year terms between April 8, 2015 and April 7, 2020. The new members were approved at the April 7 board of commissioners meeting,
The resolution incorrectly states that DiNardo is replacing Trinidad DeLaRosa, an individual that is not listed on the latest housing authority roster.
When the legal billing practices of the Union City, West New York and North Bergen Boards of Education were reviewed by Hudson County View in February, it was revealed that the UC BOE was spending substantially more on legal billing than two of their other North Hudson counterparts.
In the same resolution, Martin “Marty” Martinetti, also the city’s construction code official, was reappointed to the board through August 4, 2018. Martinetti currently serves as the chairman of the housing authority.
Housing authority commissioner Margarita Gutierrez was reappointed to the board for the same term as Martinetti.
The Union City Housing Authority came under fire earlier this month for attorney Julio Morejon allegedly overbilling the entity (h/t News 12).
A source within the UCHA told Hudson County View that all information pertaining to Morejon’s procurement and billing has since been submitted to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and HUD is yet to make a determination on the matter.
Morejon is currently representing West New York Commissioner Count Wiley and his wife, Beatriz – a North Bergen committeewoman – in a voter fraud lawsuit in Hudson County Superior Court.