West New York appoints two familiar faces for positions with the town

At the West New York commissioner’s meeting on Thursday, Mayor Felix Roque’s son, Joseph Roque was appointed to the North Hudson Sewerage Authority with a term of April 22, 2016 to April 22, 2021.

And former Hudson County Freeholder and longtime Roque rival, Jose Munoz was appointed to the management committee of North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue with a term of April 22, 2016 to December 31, 2016.

Munoz famously testified against Roque and his son at their 2013 federal trial after charges were filed against the Roques in 2012 for allegedly hacking a website set up by Munoz that aimed to recall Roque.

Roque was acquitted in October 2013.  Joseph was convicted of a misdemeanor.

But life is too short to hold grudges.

“I really believe from the heart that he’s got good intentions and he knows that my goals are to take care of this town and he’s gonna help me and I’m very thankful for that,” Roque says of Munoz.

According to the mayor, he wants to put the bad blood behind them.

“Sometimes you wanna hate, you wanna be angry, but in reality it’s gonna hurt my community and that’s not what this is about,” Roque says.

And Thursday night, the doctor left for earthquake ravaged Ecuador.

“I’m going with a group of doctors and people to look at the area, see what the needs are,” Roque says.  “I’m sure that I’ll be able to bring back next week orthopedic surgeons, probably neurosurgeons, people that can make a difference and equipment — and we’ll be able to help the community in Ecuador.

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Jillian has a passion for news, giving voice to the voiceless and telling stories that make an impact. A New Jersey native, she spent the past two years as a multimedia journalist/one-man-band at WTAP-TV, the NBC affiliate in Parkersburg, West Virginia, where she covered everything from meth busts to fracking to the homeless to a young man struck by lightening. She was her news director’s “go to health reporter” and also covered many education and political stories. She frequently interviewed the mayors of Parkersburg, Vienna and Williamstown, WV and Belpre and Marietta, Ohio. She interviewed OH Gubernatorial Candidate Ed Fitzgerald and OH Congressional Candidate Jennifer Garrison, as well as WV Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and WV Senator Joe Manchin. Jillian was a regular fixture at the local police, sheriff’s departments, prosecutors’ offices and courthouses. Many looked forward to her ‘Mom of the Month’ series. Her story about two women who lost their children to heroin was widely recognized, along with her much loved piece on the Battle Against Cystic Fibrosis band camp. In her free time, Jillian enjoys yoga; working out, live music, spending time with friends on both coasts and the Mid-Ohio Valley. Follow on Twitter @JillianRis

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