PATERSON, NJ– Mayor-Elect Andre Sayegh today named Vaughn L. McKoy as business administrator in his upcoming administration. McKoy is a Paterson native who has been serving as transition committee chairman.
“Vaughn has extensive experience as an attorney, business executive, and civic leader. He has done a great job in coordinating the efforts of the transition team’s various committees,” said Mayor-Elect Sayegh. “I have come to rely on Vaughn’s ability to build consensus, his legal knowledge, and his business acumen. I am very glad that he will bring these valuable characteristics to our team.”
“I wholeheartedly embrace Mayor-Elect Sayegh’s vision for the future of our city, and I’m honored to serve in his upcoming administration,” said McKoy, a lifelong Paterson resident. “The business community, both within and outside Paterson, will play a vital role in building prosperity that will benefit our city. I’m very excited to begin working with Mayor Sayegh, his administration and the City Council members – many of whom I’ve known for a long time – in leveraging Paterson’s resources for the benefit of the people who live, work, worship and recreate in Paterson.”
McKoy is an Eastside High School alumnus and Hall of Famer. McKoy and his wife, Marnie, have three children.
McKoy has extensive experience as a business executive having served in numerous critical posts at Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) since 2006, including president of the PSEG Foundation. McKoy’s legal experience at PSEG included stints as associate general counsel, general state regulatory counsel and most recently vice-president and managing director for PSEG Long Island, LLC. Previously, McKoy served in the N.J. Attorney General’s Office as assistant attorney general and criminal justice division director. In that role, he ran the state’s largest prosecutor’s office with 1000 employees, and worked closely with New Jersey’s 21 county prosecutors to develop criminal justice policy. Prior to that, McKoy served as an assistant U.S attorney in the Criminal and Frauds Divisions of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of New Jersey. He also worked as an associate attorney for the firm of Sills Cummis & Gross, P.C. in Newark.
McKoy is also the author of Playing Up: One Man’s Rise From Public Housing To Public Service Through Mentorship, in which he tells his story of his path to success that began in inner city Paterson. Joe Clark, who was principal at the time McKoy attended Eastside High School, wrote the foreword of the book.
McKoy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in administration of justice from Rutgers University – New Brunswick, where he was a scholar-athlete, having played varsity football all four years as an undergraduate. He earned a juris doctorate from Rutgers University’s School of Law and a Master of Business Administration degree from New York University’s Stern School of Business.