PATERSON, NJ - Dozens of members of Liga Costambar, one of many softball leagues that caters to local players, showed up at the city council meeting Wednesday seeking action from their elected representatives.

And, even before they got a chance to speak during public session, they got it.

Armed with homemade signs expressing their displeasure with the state of the three fields they play on, including inoperable lights, broken fences, and unusable bathrooms, league commissioner Yunior Fermin expressed his appreciation that Mayor Andre Sayegh had already acknowledged the necessary work, and had set Bill Rodriguez, director of the Department of Public Work, on a mission to make the initial upgrades.

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"We are here to work with the City of Paterson," Fermin said adding that better fields will translate into a better city. "That's why we need the parks to be taken care of."

Following Fermin's comment to the council TAPinto Paterson confirmed with Rodriguez, who was also present at the meeting, that the lights would be operable by the end of next week.

"We appreciate that the mayor took the initiative," Fermin said.

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