PATERSON, NJ - Referring to herself as a “child of Paterson” Kathleen Long was unanimously approved to serve as the city’s new business administrator. The 9-0 vote came more than four hours after the Paterson City Council’s Tuesday meeting opened.

Saying it was “remarkable” to be in the position, Long reflected on growing up watching the body’s meetings in her Third Ward home. “My parents were nerds,” she joked.

“You want to see the city prosper,” Sixth Ward Councilman Al Abdelaziz said launching a series of complimentary statements his colleagues would offer for Long who joined the Sayegh Administration as the mayor’s chief of staff on July 1, 2018.

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Despite his frequent position as a critic of the city’s executive branch, First Ward Councilman Michael Jackson acknowledged that Long is a “positive person” before offering his hope that she’ll be a “vehicle of change.”

“All I’ve seen since you came on board is passion for the city,” Council President Martiza Davila said. “I am looking forward to all the things you will bring to the table.”

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