PATERSON, NJ- Long time community activist Javier Fernandez, who most recently helped organize the recent World Cup watch party which officials say drew close to 2000 fans to a community celebration for the Colombia versus England match, has been appointed at the city’s head of the Office of Constituent Services by Mayor Andre Sayegh.
In this role Fernandez will serve as the main liasion between the Office of the Mayor and residents throughout the city’s six wards.
“It is essential in my administration that every Patersonian feels that his or her voice matters,” Sayegh said of the appointment. “Javier Fernandez, a forty year resident of Paterson and leader in the Colombian community, is the perfect leader for this effort as he is a bridge builder at his core. He will work with every department across this city to solve problems and keep residents informed of our efforts.”
Sayegh went on to note that one of Fernandez’ first tasks will to be to help lead the Colombian flag raising at City Hall on Saturday. The event, commemorating Colombian Independence Day, will begin at 12:00 p.m.
Fernandez comes to the job with a wealth of community service experience including serving on the board, and most recently as president of, Hijos y Amigos de Colombia (Sons and Friends of Colombia), and 15 years professionals between the the Passaic County Clerk’s Office and at New Jersey Community Development Corporation (NJCDC).