Along With Obama, Here Comes the Tow Truck

09334b925e26f1b1216d_c5617daeaee7e2e52e3e301151631374bama1.jpg
Obama's motorcade on Main Street
09334b925e26f1b1216d_c5617daeaee7e2e52e3e301151631374bama1.jpg

 

PATERSON, NJ – President Barack Obama’s trip to the Silk City brought joy to thousands of beleaguered Patersonians. But not everyone was happy about the impact of the president’s visit.

In the last-minute preparations for Obama, city authorities designated some streets as emergency no parking zones. As a result, at least 14 people – many of them 1st Ward residents hard-hit by the flooding - had their vehicles towed away on Sunday afternoon.

Sign Up for E-News

“I can’t believe they would do this,’’ said Daniel Champagnie, a resident of the Riverview Towers, the apartment complex overlooking the rivers where hundreds of people were evacuated last week. “They wouldn’t let park in the lot” at the apartment complex, he said, "so I left my car on Temple Street.’’

Champagnie said he had last checked on his vehicle on Saturday at about noon. On Sunday, when he went to his car, it was gone. Sometime after noon on Saturday, he said, the city must have posted emergency no parking signs on Temple Street. His vehicle was among those towed.

City officials said they regret the situation, acknowledging that people in the neighborhood already endured enough.

“They’ll all be getting their cars back,’’ said City Council President Anthony Davis, who represents the 1st Ward, including the Riverview Towers.

For now, the vehicle owners still owe fees to the private towing company. “We’re trying to figure out what we could do to reimburse the towing costs,’’ Jones said. “We’re not required to do that, but I feel it’s necessary considering what they’ve endured.’’

Officials were not sure exactly how long prior to the towing the no-parking signs were posted. Although Paterson had been expecting the President’s visit for several day, the details were closely guarded untl the day of the tour.

“We weren’t informed what route he would be taking,’’ said Davis. The emergency no-parking signs, probably went up on Saturday night, he said.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Paterson

Upcoming Events

Fri, February 23

Memorial Hall, Paterson

Cost Free Courses

Education

Sat, March 3, 12:00 PM

The Bethwood, Totowa

Have-A-Heart Tricky Tray

Food & Drink Giving Back

City Council Candidate to Voters: Let Your Voice Be Heard

February 20, 2018

Dear Editor:

It is very important for the citizens of Paterson to participate in local city-wide elections because elected officials can help determine the economic, educational and social well-being of entire communities. For example, two very important tasks of city council members include making laws and allocating money.

Elected officials are the gatekeepers for millions of dollars in ...

Dreams for Service Dog for Autistic Montville Resident Become Reality

February 22, 2018

MONTVILLE, NJ - Faith Stanley, a Towaco resident and a single mother of four boys, sought help for her youngest son, Joey, who is almost three years old and diagnosed with autism. Amazingly enough, Faith found the help she needed!

Due to the generosity and help of so many people, Faith has managed to reach her goal of raising ...

Paterson Hosts Statewide Event as National El Sistema Leader

February 22, 2018

PATERSON—On March 10, nearly 300 students from seven New Jersey immersive ensemble music learning programs will converge in Paterson for the 4th annual Fiddlefest and Falala Festival. A day of music making and a celebration of culture and community for both the students and their families, the festival features the Paterson-based program Paterson Music Project (PMP), in addition to the New ...

How to Talk with Kids About the Florida Shooting

February 15, 2018

The tragedy of the Florida school shooting is devastating, leaving 17 killed and 15 injured. Our children can easily identify with what occurred yesterday. It will be the topic of conversation today in schools everywhere. School administrators are doing all they can to provide support and guidance. The shootings affect children, teachers, and school personnel. The school shooting ...