PATERSON, NJ - It was an easy choice for Mayor Andre Sayegh. Paterson’s charismatic mayor recently appointed Councilwoman Ruby Cotton to Passaic Valley Water Commission’s board of commissioners after her late husband, professional boxing referee and Paterson “legend” Ed Cotton passed away this past April.

Mr. Cotton served on the board for just 3 months before his passing from complications due to COVID-19.

Commissioner Cotton, who recently breezed to another 4th ward victory in Paterson’s city council elections, joins New Jersey’s largest public water provider armed with a plethora of knowledge and experience. “It is a great feeling being appointed to a commission that I have knowledge about,” said Paterson’s 4th ward councilwoman. She was also a Waste Water Operator for more than two decades.

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The newly minted commissioner expressed her gratitude to Mayor Sayegh for keeping her late husband’s legacy alive, saying “I am grateful to Mayor Andre Sayegh for fulfilling my late husband Edward L. Cotton Jr.’s dream…I will miss him dearly.”

Mayor Sayegh took to Facebook to express that it was an honor to appoint Ed Cotton to the Passaic Valley Water Commission. “The passing of Ed Cotton was very difficult for us all but I am proud to appoint Councilwoman Ruby Cotton as a PVWC commissioner,” said Mayor Sayegh. “I have the utmost confidence that she will excel in this position.”