West New York zoning board approves plans for new animal shelter


The West New York Zoning Board of Adjustment approved plans for a new town animal shelter at Thursday’s meeting, the first of its kind in North Hudson in at least several decades.


The New Jersey Humane Society, a non-profit organization, was in front of the zoning board for site plan and variance approval. The facility, located at 6410-6412 Dewey Ave., would serve as a no-kill animal shelter in a mixed-use building.

Under their current contract with their landlord, NJHS would operate as a tenant for 10 years before having the option to purchase the property.

Geoff Santini, the president of NJHS, provided testimony in the matter, as did the project attorney, J. Alvaro Alonso, and project architect Grace Lynch.

Santini is the animal cruelty investigator in West New York and North Bergen and played a role in cleaning up two animal hoarding houses in each municipality recently.

Board Chairman Kenneth Blane repeatedly asked for reassurance that the facility would have the appropriate sound proofing necessary to keep the current quality of life in tact for nearby residents.

Santini testified that the shelter has “a disease control program installed” and “is as clean as a military boot camp,” later adding that phase I will revolve around the outdoor construction of the facility’s dog park – which he hopes will only take three months to complete.

Lynch also argued that the facility would be a huge convenience for North Hudson residents that walk or take public transportation and that up to17 dogs could be sheltered there upon the completion of phase I.

After about an hour of discussion, the board unanimously approved the resolution by a vote of 7-0, with Lynch and Santini providing further details in an interview with Hudson County View.

The pair also thanked the zoning board and the board of commissioners for their support in the endeavor, with Santini giving special shout out to Revenue and Finance Commissioner Sue Colacurcio.

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  1. I think it is really great and animal shelter in west new York, N.J. So this way if a car on Bergenline avenue runs over a dog or a cat someone can bring it there to die in peace. I have another agenda for West New York can discuss is the rest of the snow on the avenue to be removed like the end of the cross walks at the corner where there is hard to get a crossed.

  2. Take a look at this board? Starting with the Chairman down. They need to be replaced with qualified Commissioners. Total embarrassment to the Town of West New York

  3. Any word on when it will be completed and open? I’m very interested in volunteering. I tried a Google search but couldn’t find any info.