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League of Municipalities Conference Offers Paterson Officials 'Educational Opportunities'

November 20, 2017

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ- More than 16,000 elected officials, public employees, service providers and others involved in municipal government descended on Atlantic City for the annual League of Municipalities Conference last week. 

The conference, now in its 102nd year, was held under the banner of “Realizing Tomorrow’s Potential!” and included over 100 educational seminars and ...

Former Paterson Mayor Jose "Joey" Torres Sentenced

TRENTON, NJ – Former Paterson Mayor Jose “Joey” Torres was sentenced to five years in state prison on Tuesday.The sentence comes after Torres’ guilty pleas to charges related to directing city employees to perform work at a private warehouse leased by his daughter and nephew. The employees were being paid by the city at the time they performed the work.

Also sentenced ...

Passaic County's 'Large Growing Tax Base' and 'Conservative Budgeting' Earns Credit Upgrade

PATERSON, NJ- Saying that there was evidence of a “large growing tax base” and that “conservative budgeting” has been practiced, Moody’s Investor Services upgraded the County of Passaic’s general obligation bond rating from Aa2 to Aa3.

The upgrade, according to a statement released by the Board of Chosen Freeholders, shows that an independent third party and ...

Paterson City Council Introduces $279 Million Budget

PATERSON, NJ- Following lengthy debate, the City Council voted 6-3 to introduce a $279 million municipal budget on Wednesday. 

Tensions circled around a proposed 2.6 percent increase in property taxes, which, according to Marge Cherone, Finance Director, could cause tax bills to increase by as much as $600 for the year.

 While the council had previously asked for a 20 percent ...

Paterson Owed $137,928 in Funds to Support Crime Fighting Initiatives

WASHINGTON, D.C. -Saying that “communities across our state remain more at risk every day,” Congressman Bill Pascrell (D-9) was the lead signatory in a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions urging the Department of Justice to disburse Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (Byrne JAG) funds for Fiscal Year 2017 without further delay.

All nine Democratic members of ...

NFL Great Ray Lewis Makes Pitch for Community Investment Through Renewable Energy

PATERSON, NJ- With local young fans hanging on his every word, former Baltimore Raven, and likely Hall of Famer, Ray Lewis used his time in front of the Paterson City Council to give an impassioned plea that sounded much like a late-game pep talk.

His presentation, given at a special meeting of the Council on Wednesday, came in the form of a pitch for a renewable energy deal with a focus on ...

Paterson City Council Votes to Make Downtown More Pedestrian Friendly

PATERSON, NJ- Just as members of the Passaic County Sheriff’s Office are taking steps to reduce the number of pedestrian accidents around the Passaic County Administrative Complex and Court House, the Paterson City Council also took steps to increase pedestrian safety in the downtown.

In a 4-2 vote last month, the council acted to prohibit vehicles from making right turns while at a red ...

Paterson's Great Falls National Park Celebrates Birthday

PATERSON, NJ- There’s Yosemite and Yellowstone, Grand Canyon and Grand Teton, celebrations of beauty, centers of tourism. But, thanks to the work of so many that lived in and loved Paterson, the Silk City, since 2011, can boast of being the home to its very own national park. 

Calling the history of the falls, and the role the natural wonder has played in the development of Paterson ...

Longtime Paterson Library Director Retires. Urges Support for Libraries in Tuesday's Election

PATERSON, NJ - After 17 years as the Director of the Paterson Free Public Library Cindy Czesak has retired.

Czesak always dreamed of becoming a librarian, but never knew she would end up leading one, especially one as historical as Paterson’s, the oldest public library in the State of New Jersey. Her journey to the top was helped along by the wisdom of a fortune cookie.

Starting her ...

Black and Gold Gala Dinner Recognizes Paterson 'Village'

PATERSON, NJ – Built around the idea that it “takes a village to save a village” community leaders and residents from across Paterson will join together on Feb. 24, 2018 for the fourth annual Black Condition Conference.

Although the conference is a few months off, the conversation among this group on how best to make Paterson stronger is already well underway, and was on full ...

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