The West New York Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution authorizing a search committee to find the successor to Department of Public Works Superintendent Silvio Acosta, a former deputy mayor.Â
The resolution authorizes a search committee, which consists of Mayor Felix Roque, DPW Commissioner Gabriel Rodriguez and a yet to be named member of the public, to find the next DPW superintendent.
Hudson County View exclusively reported last month that a similar resolution was initially on the tentative meeting agenda, but it was removed in a matter of minutes.
Acosta is a close ally of Roque who has routinely created tension among other members of his administration, dating back to May 2011 when Roque was elected to his first term.
Acostaâ€™s pending exit marks the third pivotal member of Team Roque on their way out, as Business Administrator Matthew Watkins has accepted the same post in Bloomfield and Town spokesman Pablo Fonseca has resigned – with the latter citing his motherâ€™s declining health.
No West New York officials or residents opted to comment on the measure, which was unanimously approved along with 29 other items on the consent agenda.
That vote came after a nearly two-hour caucus meeting to iron out the agenda in the mayorâ€™s office, which also included a closed session.