West New York Commissioner/2015 mayoral hopeful Count Wiley is speaking out against the recent indictment of local developer Victor Coca and has also confirmed that he will be teaming up with Carlos “Chucky” Betancourt in a cooperative effort to unseat Mayor Felix Roque in May’s election.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“The additional indictment levied against Victor Coca, founding member for the West New York Future Vision Super PAC, only further confirms how deep the corruption is rooted within this inept administration of Mayor Roque,” Wiley said in a prepared statement.
“This man was a direct supporter and confidant of Felix Roque, who was asked to be a guest speaker at a previous fundraiser for the mayor.”
Wiley also slammed Roque for not getting Coca’s $8.8 million in building fines squared away, also applauding federal law enforcement for working hard to make the indictment possible.
Coca allegedly bribed a town fire inspector in order to get the fines issued against two West New York properties wiped clean.
Hudson County View first reported the indictment, later adding in a subsequent video that one of the properties being investigated is 6200 Hudson Ave.
Furthermore, in a separate email, Wiley informed Hudson County View that tomorrow, he will formally announce his five-person ticket for the May 2015 commissioners’ race – which will ultimately determine the next mayor in West New York – at his campaign headquarters located at 5808 Hudson Ave.
After nearly a month of rumors and speculation, Wiley confirmed that he has joined Betancourt in an effort that will bring two of the leading anti-Roque factions together.
Also on the ticket are former town board of education candidates Myrli Sanchez, Hector Hernandez and Thomas Leung.
Outgoing Freeholder Chairman Jose Munoz, another vocal enemy of Roque, is absent from the ticket and could not be reached for comment on Monday.
Town spokesman Pablo Fonseca said Roque “has a zero tolerance for corruption and we applauded the employee(fire official), at the time, for doing what’s right for the residents of West New York. Anybody that commits a crime should be prosecuted to its fullest extent,” in regards to Coca.
Fonseca added that “we wish Commissioner Wiley and his team the best of luck in next year’s upcoming election.”