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City Puts Storms Costs At About $1.8 million


PATERSON, NJ - New Jersey's storm of the the century cost Paterson about $1.8 million in overtime and other expenses, city officials said Thursday night.

The largest expenditure was $1.4 million for the public works department, which included hiring private contractors to help remove downed trees, officials said. Meanwhile, the fire department rang up $223,000 and the police department $210,000, officials said.

The city submitted those estimates to county and state officials in order to apply for reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said Paterson Business Administrator Charles Thomas.

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During a brief discussion of the storm costs at Thursday night's City Council meeting,  council members asked Thomas whether any management officials had received overtime from the storm. Thomas said only non-exempt and union workers would be getting overtime from their work during the natural disaster.

After 14 months, last year's management overtime payments remain a point of dispute in the city.


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