PATERSON, NJ- Andre Sayegh, the sixth ward councilman who is seeking to be Paterson’s next mayor in the city’s elections next month, has named Paterson native Vaughn L. McKoy, JD, MBA as his campaign counsel.

McKoy, a former state and federal prosecutor as well as a lawyer in private practice, will volunteer and serve as a key adviser to the campaign. Sayegh said he felt extremely fortunate to have an attorney of Vaughn’s caliber and experience join his team.

“Vaughn’s twenty-five years of legal and business experience spans state and federal government, as well as non-profits and the private sector,” Sayegh said. “His expertise will be invaluable to us in these final weeks of the campaign. Having someone like Vaughn on board, who is from Paterson, shows the people that we are serious about bringing positive change to this city, and giving the people of Paterson a government that will work for them.”

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 In addition to being an award-winning lawyer and business leader, Vaughn is an author, mentor and sought after motivational speaker. In his honest and revealing autobiography, Playing Up: One Man’s Rise From Public Housing To Public Service Through Mentorship, the former Rutgers University football standout leads the reader through the mind-set and strategies that put him on the path to success from Paterson and Eastside High School to the United States Attorney’s Office and beyond. 

“I am very excited to join Andre Sayegh’s campaign, and to be part of making sure Paterson gets the leadership it deserves to move forward,” McKoy said. “Paterson needs the positive changes and progress that Andre accomplished in the sixth ward. He cares about Paterson and its people, and so do I. I know he will work tirelessly to improve their lives,” McKoy said.

Paterson’s municipal elections are May 8. Voters will cast ballots for mayor, and for three at-large council seats.

Andre Sayegh has represented Paterson’s 6th Ward since he was first elected in 2008. He previously served on Paterson’s Board of Education from 2004-2008. For more information about Councilman Sayegh and his campaign, visit