Commissioner County Wiley joined a few dozen West New York residents gathered at the vacant lot across from The Versailles building to protest the controversial Meridia project that has been in front of the town zoning board for over two years.
Wiley, who has routinely voted down board appointments and opposed the project during the same time frame, and some of his West New York United running mates came by to support the residents.
Joshua Breakstone, the leader of the townâ€™s Concerned Citizens movement, said the project violates just about every zoning law in the book.
Although the future of the project remains undetermined, as a vote was not taken on the project at Wednesdayâ€™s meeting, Breakstone said he felt it was important to get the word out on the project before Election Day as certain candidates running, such as Wiley and Patrick Cullen, adamantly oppose the 13-story project.
Rihanna Briceland echoed Breakstoneâ€™s sentiment on the matter. Additionally Cullen, called into question the parking ramifications that go along with the Meridia project.
Town spokesman Pablo Fonseca said all development in town must follow the master plan guidelines and that the mayor has no say in how the zoning board votes.
â€œThe town of West New York, for the first time in 60 years, prepared a master plan with numerous forums for public input. There is a master plan in place and the town has to follow the guidelines of the master plan.”
“The zoning board is an independent board that makes itâ€™s own decisions. The mayor supports responsible development that benefits everyone in town from children to senior citizens.”