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 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 * 2 Career * 3 Personal life * 4 References * 5 External links
Wiley earned his
Bachelor of Science
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 massage.
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 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 the 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 police officers. 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
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 recall effort case".
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
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