PATERSON, NJ - An attorney for Third Ward Councilman William “Bill” McKoy filed a “supplement” to their previous request for a judge to prevent Councilman-Elect Alext Mendez from being sworn in on July 1. After a recount of the ballots Mendez leads McKoy by a count of 1,598 to 1,358.
In the newest filing, Scott Salmon, Esq. points to a conversation an investigator, Andrew G. Scerbak, reported having with Yahaira “YaYa” Mendez regarding her role on the Mendez campaign. During the interview, which Scerbak said took place in Mendez’s Passaic home on Sunday, the woman claimed that she worked for the campaign on May 4, from approximately 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
On that day, Mendez said, she was instructed by Omar Ledesma, whom she said hired her, to “pick up and deliver bundles of ballots from one location to another.” While not offering a specific number of ballots she transported, Mendez said that the bundles were “the width of her outstretched hand, and she carried a bundle in each hand for delivery.”
Mendez could not say the exact locations where she picked up or dropped off ballots, or the exact number pick-ups and drop-offs she performed on the day in question. She added that at least one other person was also performing a similar task, but she was unable to remember that person’s name or gender.”
The effort, Salmon said, shows that Ms. Mendez’ alleged actions were not those of “one rogue operative” but “an organized and concerted effort to steal the election by fraudulently manufacturing ballots cast for” Alex Mendez.
For his part, Alex Menedez has continued to deny any wrongdoing offering his belief that both the legal filing and charges brought by the New Jersey Attorney General are “desperate attempts to suppress the Hispanic vote in Paterson.”
Mendez further tied the investigations and allegations to his “questioning of a multi million dollar deal being championed by the very same politicians calling for our prosecution.”
An ordinance that would guarantee up to $38 million worth of debt issued by the Passaic County Improvement Authority for the three-pronged project slated to bring a visitor center, 24,000 sf community center, and 270 car parking garage to the area surrounding the Paterson Great Falls, is expected to be voted on by the Paterson City Council on Tuesday.
Ledesma has not responded to a request for comment sent via an online message sent at 12:50 p.m.
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