WNY Internal Affairs investigating police car in Bayonne during Assembly race


The West New York Police Department’s Internal Affairs division is investigating why a town police car was parked in front of District 31 Assembly candidate Nicholas Chiaravalloti’s campaign headquarters in Bayonne this morning into early this afternoon, according to town spokesman Pablo Fonseca. 

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By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“There is an active internal affairs investigation that has been opened,” Fonseca responded when asked why a West New York police car was parked in front of Chiaravalloti’s campaign headquarters at 429 Broadway in Bayonne today.

Chiaravalloti’s campaign manager, Jeff Meyer, did not immediately return a call seeking comment, but a source close to the campaign – who spoke under the condition of anonymity – said they were under the impression nothing improper occurred here.

“The police unions were encouraged to come out and support political candidates [in this election], and a police officer, with permission, took a car here,” the source said, adding that the campaign was operating under the impression that the officer had showed up as part of a “union-sanctioned thing.”

As only Hudson County View reported yesterday, the State Police Officers Benevolent Association (PBA) and PBA Local No. 7 endorsed the Hudson County Democratic Organization’s picks of Angela McKnight and Chiaravalloti for Assembly.

According to an email obtained by Hudson County View, PBA members were asked to help the McKnight/Chiaravalloti campaign in the streets and at the polls on Election Day.

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  1. Thank you, John Heinis for reporting this important story. I have, and always will be 100% Union All The Way. I also know that municipal assets should never be used for private or union business. It is also possible that this WNY Police vehicle was in Bayonne today for a legitimate reason unrelated to union and/or political reasons. I have FULL FAITH in Director Robert Antelos to swiftly find the facts related to this photo and report his unvarnished findings to Mayor Roque and the public.

    • And you certainly don’t live here, except in your ‘Jimmy Drake’s West New York’ facebook page where you stifle and remove anyone from that page who dares to question the logic of some of your ascertions.