PATERSON, NJ - Paterson Mayor Joey Torres and three Department of Public Works supervisors - Joseph Mania of Randolph, Imad Mowaswes of Clifton, and Timothy Hanlon of Woodland Park - are being charged with official misconduct for allegedly using on-duty city workers to perform renovations on a warehouse leased by Torres' relatives.
This is part of an ongoing investigation by the attorney general's office into alleged abuses involving overtime pay by city employees.
These allegations first came to light as part of an I-Team investigation by NBC News which videotaped city employees doing work at the mayor's daughters' house, his brother's liquor store, and his wife's office. The Federal Bureau of Investigations and Department of Justice later recovered record from city hall as part of its separate investigation.
A press conference was held in Totowa by the attorney general where the charges were announced. These charges stem from a particular work that was done in a warehouse that was leased by the relatives of the mayor.
Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino called the case "old school political corruption" and said that this behavior was out in the open and one could call it "brazen."
When asked if it was appropriate for tha mayor to continue in his post Porrino said, "Its not for me to say what he does or not but I can tell you that the law says if convicted he will have to vacate his seat."