PATERSON, NJ – The state this week released records that show Paterson picked up the tab for about $11,000 in employee travel expenses in 2010 and 2011 in addition to the $14,000 that PatersonPress.com previously reported was spent on the League of Municipalities convention in Atlantic City.
That puts Paterson at risk of losing more than $25,000 in state aid as a result of a crackdown by the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs on cities that failed to get requisite approvals for travel expenses. In December, the state demanded that cities receiving transitional aid submit reports detailing what they had spent on travel, lodging and meal for attending conventions, conferences and other events.
Paterson submitted a report on January 17 detailing some of that spending, including trips taken by employees in the city’s court system as well as its community development and health and human services departments. But the report did not include most of the city’s payments for the League convention in Atlantic City.
Among the travel payments listed in the documents released by the state were:
- $920 for former urban enterprise zone coordinator Janice Northrup and $940 for urban enterprise zone official Penni Forestieri to attend the League convention last November.
- $654 for Community Development Director Lanisha Makle and $555 for the department’s management specialist to attend the Governor’s Conference on Housing and Economic Development in Atlantic City last September.
- $1,022 for municipal court director Manuel Quiles to attend a court management conference in Williamsburg, Va. last September.
- $575 for municipal court administrator Gloria Schweitzer to attend the League convention in Atlantic City last November.
- $799 for Health and Human Services Director Donna Nelson-Ivy and $888 for her department staff member Catherine Correa to attend a Ryan White funding conference in Washington, DC in November 2010.
- $921 for Nelson-Ivy and $1,509 and $1,337 respectively for two of her staff members, Milagros Izquierdo and Tenee Joyner, to attend a Ryan White funding conference in Rockville, Md. In June 2011.
- $1,062 for health division staff members Jaimi Rodriguez to attend a Ryan White funding conference in Washington, DC in December 2011