PATERSON, NJ- When Council President Ruby Cotton threw her support behind Councilman Andre Sayegh’s run for mayor last week sources close to the campaign suggested she was the first of several more endorsements that were likely to be made on his behalf. 

That prediction started to prove true on Monday with the announcement that Paterson’s former public safety director, Glenn Brown, has chosen to add his name to the list of Sayegh’s supporters. Brown, a career law enforcement officer, flirted with own run for the position before suspending his campaign in February saying that he would “support the best candidate.”

That candidate, Brown said at the time, would have to be one “willing to represent every segment of (Paterson). He will also have to have vision to bring (Paterson) forward and not settle for the status quo.” In making his decision public regarding who he believed that candidate is Brown added that “Paterson needs a leader that recognizes that lowering crime and rooting out city hall corruption is the key for our City to evolve into the thriving, prosperous community that hardworking families deserve.”

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Sayegh, Brown concluded, “can bring pride back to Paterson.”

“I am honored to have the support of Director Brown, because I share his commitment to making sure our government serves all of Paterson’s residents and families,” said Sayegh said in accepting the endorsement. “I have tremendous respect and admiration for Glenn’s lifelong dedication to law enforcement and public safety. Crime prevention and tackling city hall corruption have always been priorities of mine and will continue to be so.”

Election Day is Tuesday, May 8.