PATERSON, NJ- A busy intersection in the city’s 5th Ward is more pedestrian and business friendly thanks to the efforts of Department of Public Works employees out early Monday, under a sweltering sun, repainting crosswalks and lane markings as well as installing new street and traffic signs.
The effort, according to Mayor Andre Sayegh who visited the area along with Councilman Luis Velez, is just the beginning of his Administration’s efforts to change the “attitude and atmosphere” in Paterson’s commercial corridors.
Just a week after announcing the hiring of 24 part time employees to clean and maintain the same areas, Sayegh said that together they are sending a message that “we do care.”
Velez told TAPinto Paterson that the improvements, which will extend down Market Street to Straight Street, and be followed by similar work on Park Avenue, is the result of being involved and “listening to our constituents so that we can make the difference they want to see.”
Echoing a call he made last week for residents to do their part as well Velez said that “these small things will move our city forward in a big way.”
“This is how we build economic development,” Paterson Police Chief Troy Oswald said offering that his attendance at the event along with Police Director Jerry Speziale showed the collaboration and partnership between law enforcement and the DPW that will continue to move Paterson forward.
As the city officials spoke business owners Angela Almonte of Floristeria Mia and Jose Hernandez of Vanessa Dry Cleaners looked on approvingly with Almonte saying later that “this has always been a safe area, now it’s a clean area.
“When people see the clean streets,” Hernandez said, “they are proud and happy. That’s good for business.”