West New York Mayor Roque buries the hatchet with old foes at La Reggia


The theme of the evening at West New York Mayor Felix Roque’s fundraiser last night was burying the hatchet with old political foes for the sake of the betterment of the town.


At packed room at La Reggia in Secaucus with the usual North Hudson mainstays of the Hudson County Democratic Organization, with even U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) making a brief appearance, arguably the biggest surprises of the evening were former Freeholder Jose Munoz and WNY Board of Education Trustee Matthew Cheng – who have opposed Roque in several elections in recent years.

Additionally, Ralph and Myrli Sanchez attended the event. Myrli Sanchez was a candidate for the West New York United ticket headed by then-Commissioner Count Wiley last year, while Ralph Sanchez served as the campaign manager of the group.

Back at the podium, after brief remarks from Commissioners Cosmo Cirillo, Susan Colacurcio, Margarita Guzman and Gabriel Rodriguez, the state representatives from District 32 all approved of the direction West New York is heading in under Roque’s leadership.

After taking the time to individually praise the abilities of all four of his commissioners, Roque personally thanked several friends and family members, including Manny Diaz – who bridged the gap between West New York and North Bergen.

Joey Muniz helped organize the event and served as the master of ceremonies.

Others in attendance included Hoboken Freeholder Anthony Romano (D-5), ex-WNY Mayor Sal Vega, WNY Town Attorney Donald Scarinci, Weehawken Mayor Richard Turner, Guttenberg Mayor Gerald Drasheff, WNY BOE Trustees Adam Parkinson, Damarys Gonzalez, Jonathan Castaneda and Steven Rodas, WNY Parking Authority Exec. Dir. Jaime Cryan, WNY Housing Authority Exec. Dir. Bob DiVincent and Hoboken Democratic Committee Secretary Joe Branco, among many more.

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  1. Where had the respect for the people gone? Conviction , integrity , honor for present people and past leaders is more than lacking.The presence of former opposotion of this administration at the dinner is proof of the lack of conviction. The statements by presently elected officials ,that no one loved the town more than Roque is appaling, laughable and TOTALLY DISRESPECTFUL to the memory of the best mayor this area has ever seen, my father, Mayor Anthony M.DeFino; God Rest his soul..I have yet to hear my father’s name from Nick Sacco’s mouth I wonder why?.

  2. “Make the lie big. Make it simple. Keep saying it and eventually they will believe it” – Adolf Hitler.

    We know this history. And we know what came next. You’ve got no one to blame but yourselves.

  3. The way to better this town is to get rid of Roque, Acosta and company.

    They can bury all the hatchets in the world, but nothing will change in WNY until the evil, corrupt lowlifes are gone.

  4. Jose Munoz and Matthew Cheng are the biggest fraud in town. They run Cheng campaign to fight Roque, and now they are SUPPORTING ROQUE. What a joke!

    Cheng: You are a disgrace to your community.