PATERSON, NJ - Councilman Aslon Goow is planning a court challenge contesting that the man who beat him in Tuesday's 2nd Ward election, Mohammed Akhtaruzzaman, did not meet the residency requirements to run for City Council.
Goow says that he has evidence that shows Akhtaruzzaman lived at the two-family house in Totowa that he owns until last September and that Akhtaruzzaman's daughter attended Totowa schools until March, according to a story on northjersey.com.
Under Paterson's government ruless, someone must live in a ward for at least a year before runing for office.
In an interview with PatersonPress.com on Wednesday, Akhtaruzzaman said he had lived in Paterson from 1986 until 2008, when he moved to Totowa so his daughter could go to school there. Akhtaruzzaman said in that interview that he moved back to Paterson in January 2011.
But in a separate interview with northjersey.com, Akhtaruzzaman initially had said he had lived at his home on Carlisle Avenue in Paterson for seven years, according to the story.
Akhtaruzzaman could be in trouble either way. If he and his family moved to Paterson in January 2011, then they would owe tuition to the Totowa school district for the time when his daughter attended borough schools while living in another city. If the Akhtaruzzaman family did not return to Paterson until the past year, his qualification as a candidate last week would come into question.