West New York BOE names Parkinson pres., Gonzalez VP, for 3rd year in a row

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For the third year in a row, the West New York Board of Education named Trustee Adam Parkinson as their president, with Damarys Gonzalez also maintaining the vice presidency. 

West New York Board of Education President Adam Parkinson (second from right) was elected to his third stint as the head of the board, with Trustee Damarys Gonzalez (next to Parkinson) also maintaining the vice presidency, on Wednesday.  From left to right: Trustees Jonathan Castaneda, Jose Mendoza, Maite Fernandez, Mayor Felix Roque, Superintendent of Schools Clara Brito Herrera, Gonzalez, Parkinson and David Morel. Facebook photo.
West New York Board of Education President Adam Parkinson (second from right) was elected to his third stint as the head of the board, with Trustee Damarys Gonzalez (next to Parkinson) also maintaining the vice presidency, on Wednesday. Facebook photo.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“Serving as the President of the West New York Board of Education has been a privilege. I am truly appreciative that my fellow school board members have entrusted me to serve in this capacity for a third term,” Parkinson told Hudson County View.

“I am confident with this board, especially with Trustee [Maite] Fernandez and Trustee [Jose] Mendoza, will continue to work hard for the children of our town.”

Trustee Jonathan Castaneda nominated Parkinson for president, while Trustee Ron Scheurle nominated Trustee Matthew Cheng.

Parkinson got the nod by a vote of 6-3, with Cheng, Scheurle and Trustee Lorena Portillo voting no. While Portillo was nominated for vice president, Gonzalez remained the vice president by a vote of 7-2, with only Cheng and Portillo voting no.

Gonzalez, Fernandez and Mendoza ran under the Roque-backed Children First banner in November, and while it initially looked like Save Our Schools candidate Melinda Saunders may narrowly win a spot on the board, robust vote-by-mail totals pushed Mendoza over the finish line.

The Save Our Schools team got the county Board of Elections to open an investigation into the VBM situation, but with all three trustees on the November 7th ballot now sworn in, it seems extremely unlikely that any of those results will change.