PATERSON, N.J.- Paterson councilman proposes naming school after Obama

City Councilman Andre Sayegh on Friday proposed that the Board of Education rename its new School 16 in the honor of Former President Barack Obama.

As America waves farewell to Obama, Sayegh pens a letter to the Board President Christopher Irving suggesting the renaming of the school. Sayegh describes Obama in the letter as a “faithful friend to Paterson.”

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Sayegh states the recommendation for the renaming of School 16 as “a token of our appreciation”. The Former President visited Paterson's flood-victims during the aftermath of Hurricane Irene in 2011.

Along with visiting Paterson multiple times, President Obama signed a bill establishing the Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park. “He served our country for eight years with honesty, integrity, and authenticity,” said Sayegh. U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. stated the establishment of the bill "represents a new opportunity for Paterson to embrace its history, grow its economy and become a safer, stronger community."

The decision to approve Sayegh's recommendation to rename School 16 after Obama will be made by the Board.