West New York officials pump the brakes on giving Roque ally Acosta new 4-year contract


The majority of the West New York Board Commissioners voted to pump the brakes on giving Silvio Acosta, who runs the Department of Public Works, a four-year extension that would’ve come with a $137,000 a year salary. 

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

According to the resolution, Mayor Felix Roque and DPW Commissioner Sue Colacurcio “improperly executed a contract with Silvio Acosta” re-appointing him through December 1st, 2018 and November 30th, 2022 for an annual salary of $137,000.

The resolution also states that Acosta, who has served in the position since 2013, has not obtained the proper qualifications set forth by New Jersey law.

The measure, which passed 3-0(2) – Roque and Colacurcio abstained – not only rescinds Acosta’s new contract, but also instructs Corporation Counsel Michael Jimenez to forward the matter to the state Department of Community affairs to see if Acosta is qualified to remain in his current position.

Acosta, a former deputy mayor and board of education trustee (both volunteer positions), stepped down as deputy mayor in July 2014 after the state Civil Service Commission ruled in November 2013 that he could not work in both Roque’s office and the DPW.

Back in September 2015, the West New York Board of Commissioners approved a resolution authorizing a search committee to find Acosta’s successor, but that committee never ended up coming to fruition.

Speaking in generalities, as opposed to the specifics of Acosta’s case, DCA spokeswoman Tammori Petty said that an acting capacity does not necessarily expire after a finite amount of time.

“A candidate can serve in an acting capacity for a number of years before coming due for a certification,” she told HCV in an email.


Editor’s Note: This story has been updated with a comment from DCA spokeswoman Tammori Petty. 

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  1. How can someone with no credentials perform a job and risk public safety and the welfare of the town ? Oh I know he’s like the Cuban secret police Dirección General De Inteligencia. By having him there he overseas and intimidates all of the DPW workers.He was fired from a clerks job in the building department years ago. That’s when Colonel Roque came into power he sent Acosta to fire Tom O’Mallet and his wife from the building deptarnet. The term they used when chanting names who they were going to get rid of was “afuera.” These illegal firings cost the Town millions and reinstatement to these employees that Silvio wanted fired. But anyone who read this remember Cosmo, Gabe, Margarita were all part of this,they hypocrites now. Even Cosmo resigned when Roque came to power. Then Cosmo wanted to run in his ticket. Strange bedfellows!
    Watch who is really going to run WNY. Where is North Bergen Joey Muniz with all this Chaos, is he the puppet master?