PATERSON, NJ - According to final unofficial results, former Mayor Jose "Joey" Torres has been elected Mayor of Paterson. Alex Mendez, Kenneth Morris, and Maritza Davila have won seats on the Paterson City Council. In all, 22,896 people voted in the election out of 76,059 registered voters, or 30.10 percent.
The hotly contested race for mayor ended in a sizeable victory for Torres, who received 8,069 votes or 35.94 percent of the vote. The second-place finisher, Andre Sayegh, who was backed by Congressman Bill Pascrell and other party stalwarts, finished second with 6,516 votes. Incumbent Mayor Jeffrey Jones finished in fourth place with 1,704 votes. The vote breakdown was: Torres, 8,069; Sayegh, 6,516; Aslon Goow, 2,028; Jones 1,704; Rigo Rodriguez 1,616; Maria Teresa Feliciano 1,467; Donna Nelson-Ivy 791; and David Gilmore 253.
For Council, Mendez finished first with 7,472 votes followed by Morris with 6,458 and Davila with 5,552. Kenneth McDaniel finished a close fourth with 5,408 followed by Michael Jackson with 5,016, Eddie Gonzalez with 4,661, Bernard Jones with 2,160 and Haytham Younes with 1,252.