West New York honors Menendez staffer, recently retired police captain


The Town of West New York honored a staffer for U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and a recently retired captain from their police force at their board of commissioners meeting last night.

“The mayor and the board of commissioners in the Town of West New York, and the citizens of the same, are most grateful for the many contributions Ms. Kerlyn Espinal has made during her long career in public service,” Revenue and Finance Commissioner Susan Colacurcio read off the proclamation.

Espinal is the director of immigration services for Menendez, who was humbled to receive an accreditation from the town.

“I want to thank the Lord for giving me the opportunity to work with one of the most influential men in the nation: our Senator, United States Senator Robert Menendez, from who I have learned that the needs of New Jersey residents should be my priority.”

Also receiving an award from local government was Police Capt. Mark Flores, who served in West New York for nearly 28 years before retiring on March 1.

“Myself and the board of commissioners in the Town of West New York are pleased to honor and salute Capt. Mark Flores: a highly esteemed member of his community, upon the occasion of his retirement from the West New York Police Department,” said Mayor Felix Roque, who jokingly asked Flores is he was sure he wanted to retire.

The proclamation also expressed the town’s “sincere appreciation” for 28 years of “loyal and dedicated service” from Flores.

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