PATERSON, N.J.- The Paterson City Council continued business as usual Wednesday as the media swarmed the council chambers for comments on the indictment of Mayor Jose “Joey” Torres.
The New Jersey Attorney General’s office announced yesterday that they will be criminally charging Torres along with three DPW workers with misconduct, conspiracy, and record tampering. Torres made a public statement afterwards saying that he believes that he is innocent and that he will not resign
Several council members had some comments about Torres’s indictment.
Sixth Ward Councilman Andre Sayegh said, “It’s unfortunate for what has happened to the Mayor. However, I believe that he needs his time in court and that justice will be served.” Sayegh did not say whether the Torres should resign, but added that he is aware of the Mayor’s statement that he will not resign from office, but a recall movement might rise.
Councilwoman At-Large Maritza Davlia had no comments, but said, “I believe it’s a sad day for Paterson.”
Council Vice President Domingo “Alex” Mendez also said that it was a, “sad day for the city,” and, “a lot has come out, but we will come together as a community and keep moving our city forward.”
Second Ward Councilman Shahin Khalique commented, “I don’t wish anything bad. He has a family and I pray for his family through this time.” Khalique reminded residents that, “We’re fighters in Paterson, we can get through a lot.”