PATERSON, NJ- A proposal to designate the stretch of Union Avenue between Jasper and Kearny Street as a “hot spot” will not receive further public consideration by the Paterson City Council, at least not yet. If approved, the measure would have made the area one of 12 in the city in which businesses are forced to close by midnight and loitering after those hours in punishable by increased fines.

Speaking to TAPinto Paterson on Saturday Councilwoman Martiza Davila said that there simply wasn’t enough consensus to add the draft ordinance to the agenda for the body’s upcoming meeting on Tuesday. Clarifying that “no one is saying no,” Davila said that more discussion is necessary while reiterating statements she made during Wednesday’s meeting that it’s not what’s happening inside local businesses that is the problem, rather it’s outside.

Establishments that have excessive infractions, she concluded, “should be dealt with” through enforcement.

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“This type of action is not something you put off,” Mayor Andre Sayegh said while expressing his frustration that he was not “afforded the courtesy” of being alerted to the decision to keep the measure off the Tuesday’s agenda.

“We are talking about people’s lives.”