Reproduced from The Record
Thursday, July 1, 2004
by Michael J. Wildes, Mayor, City of Englewood
2-10 N. Van Brunt Street
Englewood , NJ 07631
on Latino homes assailed
Mayor Reorganizes Housing Inspections Taskforce
As a result of a time conflict, Remberto Perez, the former Chairman of the Mayor's Englewood Housing Taskforce, has resigned. The taskforce is being reorganized under the leadership of a new Chairman who has set April 27 th as the date for their first organizational meeting, according to Mayor Michael Wildes.
I would like to remind everyone, that this taskforce is made up of volunteers, who are giving of their time and talent to assist the people of Englewood , said Wildes. I respect the fact that Mr. Perez had some unexpected time demands and appreciate that he stepping aside to permit us to reorganize in a timely manner so we can reach our goals.
Last month, Mayor Wildes formed an advisory taskforce on housing issues to review the treatment of Latino immigrants during housing inspections. He has also been seeking the bi-partisan counsel of other New Jersey mayors who have faced similar housing issues, including Mayor Javier Marin, of Dover Township in Morris County .
Christian Estevez, an Education and Training Coordinator for the New Jersey AFL-CIO and a Vice President of the New Jersey Latino Leadership Alliance will be replacing Perez as Chairman. Estevez has reorganized the committee membership, expanding it to include those from in and outside of Englewood .
I trust that Mayor Wildes has in mind the best interests of Englewood and the community, said outgoing Chairman Perez. Although I am disappointed that I can no longer give this taskforce the time it has demanded, I am fully supportive of its continued efforts and the Mayor's work.
Estevez said that the new taskforce members will hold their first official meeting on Tuesday, April 27 th at 8:30pm . At that meeting, the members plan to agree to a timeline for completing their work within 60 days.
In addition to Estevez as Chairman, Wilson David Bernal, of the Hispanic American Alliance, will be working with the taskforce on an advisory basis.
Subject to expansion before their first April 27 th meeting, the Mayor's Advisory Housing Taskforce members currently include:
Darlenson Roldan, Clifton , New Jersey
B.A. in History Ramapo College
Former Kindergarten teacher
Current Social Studies teacher at St. Cecilia's School, Englewood
Founding member ODECI in Englewood
Luis A. Sanchez, Englewood , New Jersey
B.A. Applied Mathematics
M.A. Student Personnel Services
M.A. Administration and Supervision
Founder and President ODECI
School Counselor Dwight Morrow High School
German (Herman) Cardona, Englewood , New Jersey
B.A. Spanish Literature, M.S.U.
Prof. Henry George School of Social Science, NY
Founder and Vice President - ODECI
Zdenka Torres, Englewood , New Jersey ( Bio unavailable at release time)
Juan Negron, Bergenfield , New Jersey
Bergen County Coordinator , Latino Leadership Alliance of New Jersey
District Lodge 15 IAM & AW
International Association of Machinist and Aerospace Workers
Paid for by Friends of Michael J. Wildes, Claudia Colbert, Treasurer