Six City Streets May Bear New Names


PATERSON, NJ – Sections of six Paterson streets could be renamed under resolutions scheduled for votes by the City Council on Tuesday night.

But Paterson’s long-simmering controversy over whether a portion of Market Street should be renamed for one of the founding fathers of the Dominican Republic, Juan Pablo Duarte, will remain unresolved. That resolution was pulled from Tuesday night’s proposed agenda until its sponsor, Councilman Julio Tavarez, has a chance to argue that it fits Paterson’s new criteria for street-namings.

Under the city’s policies, sections of certain streets will continue to bear their original names, but they also will be known under a new name. Here are the proposed new names:  

  • Officer Tyron Franklin Way, the new name for Church Street between Broadway and Van Houten Street, in honor of the off-duty city police officer shot and killed in January 2007 when he refused to give his wallet to a robber at a 4th Ward chicken shack.
  • Bishop C. Williams Way, the new name for Holsman Street between Straight Street and N. Main Street, in honor of the founder of the Holy Tabernacle Church. Williams’ ministry, in which he has been involved more than five decades, include food, shelter and daycare services.
  • The Reverand Angel Silva, Sr. Wat, the new name for Straight Street between Essex and Market streets, in honor of the priest who served as administer for 32 years at Iglesia Cristiana Pentecostal Assemblies of God church and has made longstanding contributions to the community.
  • John Raad American Legion Post No. 438 Street, the new name for Montclair Avenue between Main and Hazel streets in honor  of the veterans group that was formed in 1946 and originally was known as the Syrian American Veterans. Raad died in March 1944 during World War II.
  • Montescaglioso Street, the new name for Lewis Street. Immigrants from the small town in southern Italy came to Paterson and established the San Rocco society in 1928. Under the resolution, Paterson would authorize “sister-city” status with Montescaglioso.
  • George Jiggets Way, the new name of Washington Street. Jiggets can company is recognized as one of the oldest and most successful African-American-owned businesses in the city.

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