Woman who helped start failed Vega recall in WNY joins parking authority


A woman who helped Mayor Felix Roque organize an unsuccessful recall effort against Sal Vega back in 2009, serving as a spokeswoman for his “Together We Can” campaign, has been pegged to help run the town’s parking authority.

Facebook photo.
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By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Amiris Perez, also the executive director on the New Jersey Conference on Dominican Affairs, replaces Jamie Cryan – who was named the town’s new municipal administrator last month, as Hudson County View first reported.

Cryan was earning $90,000 a year before making the move to Town Hall, but it was not immediately clear what Perez’s starting salary will be.

Back in 2009, when Roque, also a pain management specialist and retired army colonel, was making his way onto the political scene in West New York, Perez served as the spokeswoman for Roque’s crusade against then-Mayor Sal Vega – Together We Can.

While the recall of Vega ultimately failed at the end of the year (h/t Politicker NJ), Roque upset Vega and the Hudson County Democratic Organization by narrowly unseating his fellow Cuban adversary in May 2011, per The Jersey Journal.

Perez occasionally worked on Roque’s campaign in 2010 and 2011, but was not seen as frequently after the recall came up short, according to multiple sources who asked not to be identified.

Vega, now the director of transportation at High Tech High School, and Roque have since patched things up and are both key members of the North Hudson branch of the HCDO.

Roque told Hudson County View that Perez is a “community leader” that is “motivated and a team player.”

“She’s a bi-lingual community leader that I’ve known her for six, seven years – she’s motivated and a team player. She’ll be the assistant to the director, while Cryan will be on a leave of absence for a year. She’s very bright and motivated,” he explained.

Roque clarified that Cryan has not resigned as parking authority director, and while he will not be getting paid, will help Perez transition to and run the authority.

The mayor also scoffed at the notion that Perez’s appointment, which he says was approved by the board of commissioners for an annual salary of about $70,000 a year, is political.

“After the first election, she got married and had a child so we lost contact. But here, we needed somebody strong and motivated, so her face popped into by head. It’s never about politics: the board made the decision after the mayor made a recommendation. I would recommend her every single time.”

“I really believe she’s the right person for the job,” he stated, adding that he is extremely proud of the work Cryan did at the authority, taking the annual revenue from the red to the black.

Perez declined to comment when reached by Hudson County View on Sunday.

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  1. Is that the most professional photo of her they could find?

    And, right, it’s not about politics. It never is with Roque. He always looks for the right person for the job.

    That fool doesn’t know truth from fiction, and he thinks everyone else is as stupid as he is.

  2. $70,000 a year to start as the assistant director, and no director on site . not a bad salary to walk in the door and not even know where the restroom is . All the opposition has been bought and paid for by the taxpayers of WNY . This is as political as you can get , she worked on the mayor’s earlier campaign. Jamie Cryan started at $65,000 as the director , one year later he was making $90,000 and one after that $120,000 and gets a leave of absence for a year to see if he likes the new job and never lived in WNY. If he doesn’t like the new job does his salary stay at $120.000 or get reduced back to $90,000 . was a job search done for the new assistant director. who’s driving the bus here because the salary’s are out of control

  3. Why is Mr. Cryan on LOA for a year from the WNYPA? Is he on some type of year long try out? What are here qualifications to be in such a position?

  4. John Hinnis forgets to mention she is not a WNY resident. While school teachers and municipal employees can’t get raises people from other counties get hired in WNY at HIGH salaries. She also use to work for Teflon Roque at his doctors office. This would of been a good job for Anthony Defino or Pastor Ralph or Chuck Benacourt. John please report the REAL STORY ,! Does Roque wife have a job ?