West New York is planning to bond some $6 million to acquire two properties on Bergenline Avenue.
The West New York Board of Commissioners voted 4-0 to introduce an ordinance to bond for the acquisition of the properties, with Commissioner Cosmo Cirillo voting to abstain, a rare instance on a board that usually votes in lockstep. According to Cirillo, he had not had any time to read the bond ordinance.
“I respectfully abstain this,” Cirillo said. “I was not provided a briefing prior to it appearing on tonight’s agenda. At this point, I would have questions as to the purpose of it. So I’ll just abstain and then speak with the administrator after.”
Clarifying his stance again after some audio issues during the virtual meeting, Cirillo added: “I wasn’t provided a briefing on the purpose of it and what the money is going to be used for, so I’m just not comfortable voting for a $6 million bond ordinance without having a conversation about it. So I’m just going to abstain.”
The ordinance would issue $6,469,500 in bonds for the acquisition of property at 5712 and 5714-5718 Bergenline Avenue in West New York. The total cost of the acquisition involves a $6,810,000 appropriation, with a $340,500 down payment made from the capital improvement fund.
The ordinance does not clarify what the purpose of the purchase is for or what the town intends to do with the property. Mayor Gabriel Rodriguez and Town Administrator Luis Baez did not respond to requests for comment.
Read the ordinance online at: westnewyorknj.org/_Content/pdf/ordinances/Ord0622.pdf.
The ordinance will be up for a public hearing and adoption at the next West New York Board of Commissioners meeting on May 18 at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. For more information, go to westnewyorknj.org.
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