PATERSON, NJ- The Paterson City Council bid farewell to three of its current members on Tuesday. 

Dedicating his final meeting to his son and daughter who graduated from high school and eighth grade respectively earlier in the day, Alex Mendez thanked residents for the opportunity to serve urging Paterson to continue to “dream big.”

Choosing to run for mayor instead of seeking  re-election to his council seat, Mendez was first elected in 2014 and served as a member of the Paterson Board of Education previous to that. 

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Sitting on the dais during the meeting and saying he was responsible for her being in the position, Mayor Jane Williams-Warren presented Councilman Ken Morris a key to the city in recognition of his 16 years on the council. 

Offering that that he “wasn’t going far” Morris promised that he would “continue to contribute to the citizens of Paterson.”

“Don’t make me run again,” Morris joked before saying that he believed with the current leadership “Paterson is in good hands.”

Also ending his tenure on the city council was 6th Ward Councilman Andre Sayegh. Sayegh will officially vacate his seat on July 1 when he will be sworn in as mayor of the city.

“There is plenty of potential for Paterson,” Sayegh said before reposting a like he used often on the campaign trail.

“I will work as hard for all six wards as I did for the 6th Ward” said Sayegh referring to work he has done in the position he has held since 2008.