PATERSON, NJ - Saying that “we are all compelled to help our brothers,” but that giving loose change to individuals that may be battling serious mental health and addiction issues often runs counter to those efforts, Councilman Michael Jackson led the passage of new legislation that will “curb people from using drive-through windows to feed their habit,” on Tuesday.

Once the newly passed ordinance goes into effect those found guilty of disrupting “lawful activities at drive-through or walk-up windows” will be subject to criminal penalties.

His hope in advancing the new policy, Jackson said, is that it will “help unsure people seek real help.”

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