Celebration as new West New York Senior Center at Sunrise Gardens officially opens

“For Mayor Roque to entrust me with the seniors is a very big gift,” says Commissioner Susan Colacurcio. “It’s a very big responsibility that I take very seriously.”

Mayor Roque has great warmth for the seniors and feels especially comfortable with them.

“As you know recently I lost my father, last year I lost my mother,” the mayor says.  “I have a lot of friends, yes — but I consider the seniors my family.”

The new location is very pleasing to Miguel Gonzalez.

“I would like to congratulate the mayor and the commissioners for the good job they have done for all senior citizens,” says Gonzalez, a longtime West New York resident.

“It’s more accessible for everybody.”

“It’s big, it’s spacious — it’s comfortable seating,” says Susan Greenspon of West New York.

For the mayor and commissioners, it’s all about paying it forward.

“This is the people that I promised five years ago that we were gonna get ‘em a better place so they could enjoy the rest of their lives and having a place like which they could call home,” the mayor says.

She’s lived in the building for 30 years and she says this new addition is a great thing for the community since Hudson Hall was so small.

“Hope they get a good use out of it and they enjoy it,” Greenspon says.

“It’s really an honor to give them a little bit of what they do deserve,” Colacurcio says.