West New York Mayor Felix Roque and the board of commissioners honored resigning Commissioner of Public Safety Caridad Rodriguez with a proclamation at Wednesday’s meeting. Rodriguez will be sworn in as the District 7 (West New York, Guttenberg, Weehawken) freeholder next month.
“Caridad Rodriguez the first female commissioner of the board of commissioners in the town of West New York has submitted her notice of resignation in order to be appointed freeholder on the Hudson County board of freeholders,” said Roque, who presented Rodriguez with a bouquet of flowers before reading the proclamation.
Rodriguez, a former Assemblywoman, was taken back by the unexpected ceremony.
“I am a true servant, as people know me,” Rodriguez began, before starting to cry.
“I dreaded today because of this .. but again, with that, I will always be a part of West New York. I’m not going far, I live around the corner and I’m actually happy they’re giving me another opportunity to continue my service, otherwise I would be ending in May of next year.”