Count Wiley is an American chiropractor and politician, known for his
work as the former Commissioner of Public Works of West New York, New
Jersey, and as a challenger to
West New York
West New York Mayor Felix Roque, whom
Wiley had previously helped unseat previous Mayor
Sal Vega in the May
2011 elections. In 2013 Wiley was ranked #30 on The Hudson Reporter's
list of the 50 most influential people in Hudson County.
1 Early life
3 Personal life
5 External links
Count Wiley was born in North Bergen, New Jersey, the son of James
Wiley. He attended Franklin Elementary School and North Bergen High
School, where he played full back in football field and participated
in the shot put on the track and field team.
Wiley earned his
Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Science in
Political Science with a minor
Public Administration from East Stroudsburg University. He did post
graduate work in
Public Administration at Farleigh Dickenson
University. In 2003, Wiley graduated from Bridgeport University
College of Chiropractic.
After college Wiley owned and managed a recycling business, mechanical
shop and exported products to Central and South America.
Wiley's practice, Friends and Family Center for Health, is located in
North Bergen, where he once lived. It offers chiropractic,
acupuncture, physical therapy, a foot and ankle specialist and
In 2010 Wiley, now living in West New York, had been working as a
chiropractor for 10 years when he joined Dr.
Felix Roque in his
efforts to recall
West New York
West New York Mayor Silverio Vega. Their case was
dismissed the case on a technicality, as Roque's campaign had not
collected sufficient signatures for the recall.
Roque ran against Vega in the 2011 election, and on May 10, 2011,
Roque and his team, which included Wiley, defeated Vega and his team
of Commissioners. Roque's victory surprised many in the community,
with Vega spokesman and political consultant Paul Swibinski
attributing the election results to the raising of taxes in February
2009, while other sources attributing Roque's victory to the fact that
Hudson County Democratic Organization did not assist Vega opposing
Roque. Wiley was appointed Commissioner of Public Works.
By July 2012, many who supported Roque as a reformer came to turn
against him, amid Roque's endorsement of Republican state Senator Joe
Kyrillos over Democratic U.S. Senator Robert Menendez during the 2012
Senate race. Roque eventually reversed his endorsement, apparently
under significant pressure from his closest political allies, who were
loyal to Menendez. In a late June 2010 reorganization meeting,
Roque and the majority of the five-member board voted to reassign each
commissioner to a new department, including Wiley, who was removed
from the Department of Public Works, and had to be restrained by
The Hudson Reporter
The Hudson Reporter characterized Wiley as "the
latest victim in what many see as Roque’s desperate attempt to root
out political enemies", in what the Reporter characterized as a
divided administration in which such raucous and dramatic
commissioners' meetings recurred.
On September 13, 2012, Wiley formally launched a recall campaign
against Roque, during which he would run to replace Roque as Mayor.
Wiley has invested $50,000 of his own money into his campaign. Wiley
may face political opponents in his run for Mayor, in part due to the
fact that his father, James Wiley, who served as the head of North
Bergen’s Department of Public Works from 1995 until his retirement
on August 31, 2012, pleaded guilty on September 11, 2012 in County
Superior Court to second-degree conspiracy to commit official
misconduct after having used North Bergen town employees to work at
his house and perform campaign duties and personal chores for him.When
asked after the event whether
Count Wiley thought his father’s
actions would affect his chances as mayor, Wiley answered, "No, it
won’t. I love my father to death. I don't condone what my father
did. He is an individual as everyone else, but I have no control over
the decisions he made. It has no bearing on anything I would do in
West New York
West New York and my records prove that. Whatever decisions I have
made have been for the people and not for myself. He did something
wrong and he's paying the price for it." Tempers flared between the
two politicians at an October 10 Board of Commissioners meeting, where
the board majority passed a 4-1 resolution censuring Wiley for conduct
unbecoming of an elected official, following Wiley's admission earlier
in the month that some North Bergen employees painted his house the
previous year, explaining that it was part of a "shared services"
agreement with North Bergen. At the same meeting Wiley threatened to
file a civil suit against
West New York
West New York for threatening to dissolve
his office. Wiley also charged that a resolution to place Roque's
sister, Aida Roque on the town's Planning Board was a conflict of
In January 2013, Wiley was ranked #30 on The Hudson Reporter's second
annual list of the 50 most influential people in Hudson County, his
first time appearing on the list.
Wiley and his allies presented their recall petitions with over 6,500
signatures to Town Hall on September 18, 2013, but over 40 percent of
them were invalidated because they did not come from registered
voters. Based on the previous election, in which 21,030 voters cast
votes, Wiley needed to collection 25 percent, or 5,257 signatures.
On December 17, 2014, Wiley unveiled a ticket called West New York
United to oppose Roque's in the May 2015 election. The ticket includes
Carlos Betancourt, Myrli Sanchez, Hector Hernandez, and Thomas
Leung. Wiley lost to Roque in the May 12, 2015 election, with
Roque getting 2,871 votes, and Wiley receiving 2,144 votes.
Wiley and his wife, Beatriz, live in West New York. They have four
daughters and a son: Katherine, Genesis, Nicole, Italia and James.
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West New York, New Jersey. Retrieved September 23, 2012.
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The Hudson Reporter. September 23, 2012.
^ "Judge dismisses
West New York
West New York recall effort case". NJ.com/The
Jersey Journal. April 29, 2010
^ Pope, Gennarose (June 17, 2012). "It all snowballs". The Hudson
^ Sanabria, Santo. "Roque slate wins by large margin". The Union City
Reporter. May 15, 2011. pp. 1 and 7
^ a b "Is
Count Wiley the one?". The Hudson Reporter. July 15, 2012.
^ DeChiaro, Dean (October 21, 2012). "Vote held to censure Wiley over
DPW scandal". The Union City Reporter. pp 1 and 6
^ Cruz, Vanessa; DeChiaro, Dean; Rambay Fernandez, Adriana;
Palasciano, Amanda; Sullivan, Al; Wright, E. Assata (January 13,
2013). "Power Surge". The Union City Reporter. pp. 1, 5-7, 10.
^ "No dice on
West New York
West New York recall". "Briefs". The Union City
Reporter. October 6, 2013. p. 2.
^ Sullivan, Al (December 21, 2014). "Mayor Roque’s opposition
announces ticket". The Hudson Reporter.
^ Sullivan, Al (May 17, 2015). "Roque ticket sweeps WNY election". The
Union City Reporter, Vol 19, No 12. pp 1 and 8.
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