A parent with a child in the West New York recreation department’s day camp program, as well a camp counselor, voiced their discontent to the Board of Commissioners regarding the way things are being run this year during the public portion of yesterday’s meeting.
Sandra Ramirez, who spoke in Spanish and had a translator, told Cosmo Cirillo, the Commissioner of Public Affairs (which includes the rec department), that she was very disappointed with the way the pickup and drop off processes were being handled.
Cirillo admitted that the first couple days of camp were hectic, but he felt those issues were quickly remedied.
Vincent Felipe followed by stating the program supervisors are either unwilling, or incapable, of running the camp – causing many children to complain they are unhappy – also claiming that certain extracurricular activities advertised are not offered.
Felipe also began to read a letter counselors had written for the board, dated yesterday, but his time during the public portion of the meeting expired before he could finish.
The letter, which has been obtained by Hudson County View, also alleges complete disorganization during the lunch time, as well as that counselors who “were hired because of connections give off more negative vibes toward the children adding to the negative recreation environment.”
Cirillo, who earlier stated the recreation staff was cut nearly in half compared to last year, said he was proud of the counselors for their hard work and he plans to make sure the remaining four-and-a-half weeks of the program are a success.
Here is a copy of the letter: