Paterson Top Stories

Sheriff's Deputies Deployed At Democratic Political Fund-Raising Event

db8c82794ae34befaea3_sheriff2.jpg
caf884839598d6a8ac18_sheriff1.jpg
  Passaic County Sheriff's vehicle outside Tuesday night Democratic fund-raiser.   Credits: Joe Malinconico
db8c82794ae34befaea3_sheriff2.jpg

 

PATERSON, NJ – The red flashing lights of two Passaic County Sheriff’s Department patrol cars lit up Ward Street Tuesday evening at 6:45 pm. They were parked outside Hamilton and Ward Steakhouse at the Center City Mall.

Standing at the entrance to the restaurant were two Passaic County sheriff’s volunteer deputies in full uniform.

Sign Up for E-News

But this wasn’t a crime scene.

 Inside the restaurant there was a $125 per person dinner honoring Passaic County Democratic Chairman John Currie, an event designed to raise funds for the political party. On the sidewalk, between one of the sheriff’s patrol cars and the restaurant’s entrance were campaign signs for the Democrats’ 35th District legislative ticket as well as for their county candidates.

The presence of the uniformed officers and their patrol cars with the flashing lights raised questions about whether there was a violation of state laws banning the use of public employees and vehicles for political purposes.

"Volunteer Deputy Sheriff units were requested by the Hamilton Ward Steakhouse to assist with traffic issues on Tuesday evening,’’ said Bill Maer, spokesman for the Passaic County sheriff’s department. “These units had been working a detail several hundred feet away in the County Administration and Justice Complex. This detail had no cost to the County of Passaic. Such requests are common, and are granted if the
resources are available and it is beneficial to the area residents."

But William Connolly, one of the Republican candidates for Assembly, said the presence of the sheriff’s deputies seemed to benefit the Democrats more than the public.

“The way I see it, and I could be mistaken, it looks like they’re giving extra security and extra protection they might not be entitled to,’’ said Connolly, when contacted about the situation. “I know they don’t do this for us. They’re getting special treatment. The sheriff is a Democrat, you know.’’

“This is a waste of taxpayers’ money,’’ added Connolly. “This is unnecessary. I’m sure in the city of Paterson, they should have something better to do.’’

In many cities in New Jersey, including Paterson, when bars and restaurants need extra police for events they retain off-duty police officers by paying a fee that covers both the officers’ time as well as the local government’s administrative costs for assigning them.

In this instance, Maer said there was “no fee involved since it was a short term situation and unpaid Deputies were utilized.’’

Hamilton and Ward is a popular location for Democratic fund-raising events.

 

 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Paterson

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_3f27a97645e7103f9868_flyer__courthouse_plaza_programs_2018-page-001

Tue, July 24, 11:00 AM

Paterson Courthouse Plaza, Paterson

Tuesdays in the Plaza

Carousel_image_efec3d39ddc6008dd11e_4a256201-8c0a-450c-b62e-8a761d6f5b83

Thu, July 26, 6:00 PM

Vreeland Ave. Park, Paterson

Occupy Vreeland Ave. Park

Arts & Entertainment Community Calendar

Carousel_image_3f27a97645e7103f9868_flyer__courthouse_plaza_programs_2018-page-001

Tue, July 31, 11:00 AM

Paterson Courthouse Plaza, Paterson

Tuesdays in the Plaza

Readers Says Let Developer Bring Paterson Back

July 13, 2018

Dear Editor: 

It is no secret that Paterson is in dire need of revitalizing, restructuring, rebuilding, and, quite frankly, rebranding. As a city, we have struggled to pay our municipal debt, to reduce crime substantially, to create sustainable employment opportunities for our youth and to provide assistance for our city’s most vulnerable residents. 

Today, we face an uphill ...

Murphy Administration Takes Action to Help Smokers Quit

July 19, 2018

Eliminates Prior Approval for Medicaid Tobacco Cessation Medications; Counseling Options to be Expanded

July 16, 2018

(TRENTON) – The Murphy administration on Monday announced new steps to help New Jersey Medicaid recipients quit using tobacco by making it easier to receive tobacco cessation medications and counseling.

“Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death ...

Pascrell, Renacci, Senators Celebrate House Approval of Congressional Gold Medal to Baseball Pioneer Larry Doby

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representatives Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) and Jim Renacci (R-OH-16) hailed the passage in the House of Representatives of H.R. 1861, the Larry Doby Congressional Gold Medal Act. The legislation awards the Congressional Gold Medal to the late baseball star, Larry Doby, who broke the American League’s color barrier in 1947.

“A proud ...

Newark May Get a Boost From Investors with New Federal Program

July 22, 2018

NEWARK, NJ - Newark could soon see a boost in long-term investments due to federal legislation that created certain tax exemptions for private investors.

In April, the federal treasury department approved low-income Opportunity Zones in 75 municipalities throughout New Jersey that were nominated by Gov. Phil Murphy. Thirteen of those zones are designated in Newark.

MORE: View a ...

Newark Lures Amazon With $1 Billion Payroll Tax Incentive

NEWARK, NJ - Amazon will get a payroll tax break at a cost of $1 billion to the city should the company open its second headquarters here.

It’s one of two ordinances that were approved by the Newark City Council council to sweeten the deal for the corporate giant and stand out among other locations vying for Amazon’s so-called HQ2.

“The City Council has brought Newark a ...

I'm Sorry Mr. Jackson... I Am For Real

July 8, 2018

Hello again, Paterson. 

So much has changed since the last time I’ve written… as I’d hoped, Andre Sayegh is our new mayor and it seems an exciting new dawn is upon us. I think when any change comes, especially one as major as this, there is an opportunity for reflection as well as for hope. This election taught me quite a bit, seeing some of the best and worst sides of ...

RU Ready for Rutgers Football? Tickets on Sale

July 18, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - There's a lot of promotions planned this fall as part of the Rutgers football season.

Single game tickets go on sale Thursday, July 12, with seven home games. There's matchups against Big Ten East opponents Michigan and Penn State, and a first-time cross divisional meeting with Northwestern.

If football is not your thing, there's plenty ...

Westfield to Hold 3-Day ‘AddamsFest’ Celebrating Charles Addams and His Creations This Fall

WESTFIELD, NJ — It’s creepy. It’s kooky. And it’s taking over Westfield from Oct 26 to 28. AddamsFest, a town-wide celebration honoring Westfield native Charles Addams and his most famous creations, The Addams Family, will be a destination event this fall with family-friendly activities, lectures, exhibits and film screenings, the town announced Thursday.

Watch the ...

Belmar Parasail: Soar Into Summer with a High-Flying Adventure Along the Beachfront

BELMAR, NJ — As Belmar finally basks in picture-perfect weather, it may be time to check off a summer activity on your bucket list. And for many, parasailing is one of those “must-do” experiences.

At Belmar Parasail, the season is in full swing, offering boat trips from the Belmar Manutti Marina to the beachfront where passengers are lifted 500 feet above the Atlantic Ocean ...