Alex Méndez and Flavio Rivera allege they were unaware of the Yohanna Tineo case at JCE in NJ

“Of all those recognitions, which were 45 in total, my office only made two recommendations, for which we are responsible. Without the desire to avoid responsibilities, because in each one, there is my signature as president of the Council, I have to say that the other scrolls were delivered to the office of councilor Alex Méndez and I do not know who the final recipients of those scrolls were".
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Paterson, NJ: The Dominican Councilors, Alex Méndez and Flavio Rivera, denied separately that they had knowledge of any scandal involving Mrs. Yohanna Leonidas Tineo Estevez, the secretary in charge of the Dominican Central Electoral Board (JCE) of the city of Paterson, after it was publicized that Mrs. Tineo is the subject of an investigation by the JCE for a possible act of embezzlement of public funds assigned to cover expenses of the Dominican elections abroad on July 5, 2020 and electoral fraud, by ordering the execution of the burning of invalid votes and the disappearance of suitcases.

Mrs. Yohanna Leonidas Tineo Estévez is also the subject of a second investigation involving $224,814.27 USD handled by Mrs. Tineo, along with other JCE officials in charge of OPREEs, opened by the newspaper El Faro Latino, whose forensic audit is already in its final phase and whose preliminary results point to serious irregularities in the application of said remedies.

Héctor Antonio Troncoso, the judge (first member) of the Office of Logistics for Voters Abroad (OCLEE), a dependency of the Central Electoral Board (JCE) in New Jersey, blamed the suspended director of the vote abroad, engineer Gilberto Cruz Herasme and the secretary of the OCLEE in that state, Mrs. Yohanna Leonidas Tineo Estevez, of the electoral disorder set up to manipulate the invalid votes in the # 1 constituency of the United States in the elections of July 5, 2020.

As soon as the news was released that Mrs. Tineo received recognition from councilors Alex Méndez and Flavio Tineo, the latter being president of the Paterson City Council, the newspaper El Faro Latino demanded a public explanation from both officials, since it is not possible that acknowledgments of this nature, which compromise the name of the Council, be delivered to people without first going through a minimum verification process.

The President of the Paterson Council, Flavio Rivera, clarified that although the delivery of the scrolls is his responsibility, since his office is the one that issues them; he is obliged to separate the City Council from these deliveries, since this type of recognition does not go through the voting process of the Council, but is a kind of courtesy that the members of the body can deliver at their discretion, without the fact necessarily compromising the name of the City Council.

“Of all those recognitions, which were 45 in total, my office only made two recommendations, for which we are responsible. Without the desire to avoid responsibilities, because in each one, there is my signature as president of the Council, I have to say that the other scrolls were delivered to the office of councilor Alex Méndez and I do not know who the final recipients of those scrolls were,” said the president of the Council, Flavio Rivera, speaking by telephone with the newspaper El Faro Latino.

The Councilor Alex Méndez, responding to the call for an explanation from the newspaper El Faro Latino, did not know who most of the people were who received the scrolls, which he himself delivered in person in a face-to-face ceremony that Flavio Rivera also attended. He explained to the newspaper, by telephone, that the procedure that his office uses for said recognitions is to use a commission that chooses and classifies the people who are going to receive these scrolls.

“I was absolutely unaware of the problems that are now mentioned in relation to a person from whom the scrolls were received. I am going to call a meeting with the commission that made the recommendations to create the mechanisms so that this is not repeated. Now that I am finding out about this situation, we will take measures, in a way that these recognitions will not be affected in the future,” said Councilor Alex Méndez.

However, many answers remain unanswered. Are these recognitions made to strengthen a political platform without relying on the efforts and merits of the people who receive them? On what basis did Alex Méndez’s office, or the chosen commission, grant a recognition of merit to a person who has been publicly exposed, questioned and under investigation, precisely under electoral fraud and embezzlement?

“These questions probably have no public answers, but whether the event happened inadvertently or on purpose, there is an unspeakable truth here: Those acknowledgments lost their value and credibility with the Dominican community in Paterson. And something worse, the carnival of those recognitions already have a before and after under the responsibility of the Councilors Alex Méndez and Flavio Rivera”.

Paterson, NJ: The Dominican Councilors, Alex Méndez and Flavio Rivera, denied separately that they had knowledge of any scandal involving Mrs. Yohanna Leonidas Tineo Estevez, the secretary in charge of the Dominican Central Electoral Board (JCE) of the city of Paterson, after it was publicized that Mrs. Tineo is the subject of an investigation by the JCE for a possible act of embezzlement of public funds assigned to cover expenses of the Dominican elections abroad on July 5, 2020 and electoral fraud, by ordering the execution of the burning of invalid votes and the disappearance of suitcases.

Mrs. Yohanna Leonidas Tineo Estévez is also the subject of a second investigation involving $224,814.27 USD handled by Mrs. Tineo, along with other JCE officials in charge of OPREEs, opened by the newspaper El Faro Latino, whose forensic audit is already in its final phase and whose preliminary results point to serious irregularities in the application of said remedies.

Héctor Antonio Troncoso, the judge (first member) of the Office of Logistics for Voters Abroad (OCLEE), a dependency of the Central Electoral Board (JCE) in New Jersey, blamed the suspended director of the vote abroad, engineer Gilberto Cruz Herasme and the secretary of the OCLEE in that state, Mrs. Yohanna Leonidas Tineo Estevez, of the electoral disorder set up to manipulate the invalid votes in the # 1 constituency of the United States in the elections of July 5, 2020.

As soon as the news was released that Mrs. Tineo received recognition from councilors Alex Méndez and Flavio Tineo, the latter being president of the Paterson City Council, the newspaper El Faro Latino demanded a public explanation from both officials, since it is not possible that acknowledgments of this nature, which compromise the name of the Council, be delivered to people without first going through a minimum verification process.

The President of the Paterson Council, Flavio Rivera, clarified that although the delivery of the scrolls is his responsibility, since his office is the one that issues them; he is obliged to separate the City Council from these deliveries, since this type of recognition does not go through the voting process of the Council, but is a kind of courtesy that the members of the body can deliver at their discretion, without the fact necessarily compromising the name of the City Council.

“Of all those recognitions, which were 45 in total, my office only made two recommendations, for which we are responsible. Without the desire to avoid responsibilities, because in each one, there is my signature as president of the Council, I have to say that the other scrolls were delivered to the office of councilor Alex Méndez and I do not know who the final recipients of those scrolls were,” said the president of the Council, Flavio Rivera, speaking by telephone with the newspaper El Faro Latino.

The Councilor Alex Méndez, responding to the call for an explanation from the newspaper El Faro Latino, did not know who most of the people were who received the scrolls, which he himself delivered in person in a face-to-face ceremony that Flavio Rivera also attended. He explained to the newspaper, by telephone, that the procedure that his office uses for said recognitions is to use a commission that chooses and classifies the people who are going to receive these scrolls.

“I was absolutely unaware of the problems that are now mentioned in relation to a person from whom the scrolls were received. I am going to call a meeting with the commission that made the recommendations to create the mechanisms so that this is not repeated. Now that I am finding out about this situation, we will take measures, in a way that these recognitions will not be affected in the future,” said Councilor Alex Méndez.

However, many answers remain unanswered. Are these recognitions made to strengthen a political platform without relying on the efforts and merits of the people who receive them? On what basis did Alex Méndez’s office, or the chosen commission, grant a recognition of merit to a person who has been publicly exposed, questioned and under investigation, precisely under electoral fraud and embezzlement?

“These questions probably have no public answers, but whether the event happened inadvertently or on purpose, there is an unspeakable truth here: Those acknowledgments lost their value and credibility with the Dominican community in Paterson. And something worse, the carnival of those recognitions already have a before and after under the responsibility of the Councilors Alex Méndez and Flavio Rivera”.

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