Government

May 8, 2021

PATERSON, NJ — In an effort to salvage the municipal sewer utility and maintain Paterson’s eligibility for millions of dollars in state funding, the City Council received options for reconfiguring the system from a third-party water use expert at a meeting Tuesday evening. Andy Kricun of ...

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PATERSON, NJ - A three-page presentation by Mayor Andre Sayegh; a nearly 90-minute, at times, contentious, discussion, mostly among the members of the Paterson City Council; and a pair of votes were enough to breath new life into the much debated sewer utility and billing system Tuesday. Before ...

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PATERSON, NJ - The Paterson City Council unanimously passed a resolution honoring 14 city employees and recognizing them as the March 2021 Employees of the Month. Employees of the month for March are: Albert Asphall Ben-David Seligman Charles Festa Domenick Stampone Harlynne ...

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PATERSON, NJ - Applications for Paterson’s Guaranteed Income pilot program will open on April 12, Mayor Andre Sayegh announced Thursday. Flanked by Council Vice President Lilisa Mimms and several members of the Mayors for Guaranteed Income (MGI) Task Force, Sayegh reiterated that once the ...

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BURLINGTON, NJ -- First Lady Dr. Jill Biden made her first stop in her national "Help is Here" tour in South Jersey on Monday to underscore the benefits of the recently enacted American Recovery Act just days after President Joe Biden signed it into law. Governor Phil Murphy, United States Senators ...

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PATERSON, NJ - The departure of Corporation Counsel Farrah Irving has paved the way for Mayor Andre Sayegh’s Administration to mark yet another historical first in the appointment of her replacement. On Friday, Sayegh announced that Aymen Aboushi will begin serving as the city’s top lawyer.

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PATERSON, NJ - A guaranteed income is closer to reality for 110 local residents and families following the Paterson City Council’s approval of a resolution allowing the Office of the Mayor to enter into a grant agreement with Mayor’s for Guaranteed Income (MGI). The pool of participating ...

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PATERSON, NJ - The repeal of the current use based sewer fees and elimination of a sewer utility, both initiatives driven by the Sayegh Administration, are once again policy after the Paterson City Council voted 6-3 to overturn the Mayor’s veto at their meeting Tuesday night. The political ...

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PATERSON, NJ — Mayor André Sayegh vetoed the City Council’s vote to repeal his sewer utility and return to a flat rate fee structure, tentatively preserving his method of basing Paterson residents’ bills on their water volume usage.  Sayegh announced his decision at a press conference Friday ...

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PATERSON, NJ - The City of Paterson became the first municipality in New Jersey to proclaim February 28, recognized already as Amistad Day, an annual and official observance. The event, held at Paterson’s Huntoon-VanRensalier Monument which honors Paterson’s place in the Underground Railroad, a ...

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PATERSON, NJ — Paterson’s sewer fee structure will revert to a flat rate for residents following the City Council’s 7-2 vote to repeal Mayor André Sayegh’s water volume usage-based system at its meeting Tuesday evening.  The councilmembers who supported dismantling the controversial system ...

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PATERSON, NJ — With the Paterson City Council poised to eliminate the municipal sewer fee system at its meeting tonight, a letter from the state confirmed on Friday that undoing the existing structure will cost Paterson $2 million in aid and may endanger upcoming funding.  Several councilmembers ...

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PATERSON, NJ — The Paterson City Council voted to dismantle the current sewer fee structure at its meeting on Feb. 9, signaling what might be the end of a strategy that switched billing from a flat rate for households to a system based on water volume usage.  Before Mayor André Sayegh’s ...

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PATERSON, NJ - Paterson City Council Vice President Lilisa Mimms is an avowed subscriber to the philosophy that one should get their flowers when they can still smell them. Or, put another way, those who deserve recognition today should get it today. It was with that in mind that Mimms, along ...

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PATERSON, NJ - The Paterson City Council has called an emergency meeting Friday to "discuss the on-going snow removal in the City of Paterson that Affects the Health and Safety of City of Paterson residents."  The meeting, which will be broadcast on the City of Paterson YouTube channel, as well ...

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PATERSON, NJ - Unable to hold an event that in a normal year would have produced a large crowd, and been replete with splendor marking the end of a successful year and foreshadowing of greater things to come, Mayor Andre Sayegh took to camera to deliver his annual State-of-the- City address on ...

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PATERSON, NJ - 75-year-old Phil Baker and his friend Bobbie stood mere feet from entering the glass doors into the hallway that leads to the gymnasium of Paterson’s International High School. The septuagenarian displayed the ticket he had been given after arriving early in the morning to be ...

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PATERSON, NJ - A $95,000 grant awarded to the Paterson’s Division of Health and Human Service in 2019 to create a communicable disease outbreak strike team, and therefore strength the city’s capacity to investigate communicable diseases by funding new tech software and allowing for more staff to be ...

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PATERSON, NJ – Although a lack of funding caused Paterson to cut back its COVID-19 testing from six days per week to two days, city officials said they may be a way to restore some of the program. During a special city council meeting on Tuesday evening, Paterson’s health officer, Paul Persaud ...

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PATERSON, NJ - Mayor Andre Sayegh has appointed Javier Silva to the position of Chief Financial Officer. Silva, a Peruvian-American, is the first Latino to hold the position and the only director of Peruvian descent in Mayor Sayegh’s cabinet. He is the first Peruvian-American department head in ...

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PATERSON, NJ - After watching the coronavirus derail his 2020 plans for Paterson, Mayor André Sayegh has a list of new and postponed goals to implement in the year ahead.  Those objectives focus on construction, police reform, and economic relief on top of the COVID-19 vaccine distribution to ...

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PATERSON, NJ - Paterson’s main public library will be among the first in the state to receive funding for improvements under the New Jersey Library Construction Bond Act. Following an announcement by Governor Phil Murphy last week, Mayor Andre Sayegh, joined by library director Corey Fleming and ...

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PATERSON, NJ - Healthcare giant St. Joseph’s Health will pay the City of Paterson more than $6 million over five years under a settlement negotiated by the Administration of Mayor Andre Sayegh and approved by the City Council earlier this week. Sayegh took to Facebook to tout the legislative ...

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PATERSON, NJ - Mayor Andre Sayegh has announced that “out of an abundance of caution” he will be working from home through the weekend after being exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19. In a statement Sayegh said that he is asymptomatic and that a rapid test he took on Thursday was ...

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PATERSON, NJ – The City of Paterson has created a shared forecast of upcoming contract opportunities in order to help businesses and vendors plan ahead. The new tool aims to encourage more businesses to submit bid packages, making the bidding process more competitive and saving Paterson money in ...

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BLACKWOOD, NJ — Governor Phil Murphy abruptly left a press briefing Wednesday after learning that an individual with whom he was in close proximity on Saturday has tested positive for COVID-19 (coronavirus). Murphy, 63, was hosting an outdoor press briefing at the student center of Camden County ...

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PATERSON, NJ - Mayor Andre Sayegh marked the end of Hispanic Heritage Month Thursday by showing his gratitude to five community leaders, including four Paterson employees, that he said made incredible contributions to local residents over the past six months by continuing to make sure municipal ...

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PATERSON, NJ - Paterson Assemblyman Benjie Wimberly had harsh words for the U.S. Supreme Court following their decision to allow for counting in US Census 2020 to stop at midnight Thursday. Calling it a “disgrace,” Wimberly warned that “an incomplete count for residents in cities and states ...

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PATERSON, NJ - A plan to have Paterson’s Eastside and Westside Parks included in the Passaic County Park System may free up scarce resources to better support pocket parks across the city, 6th Ward Councilman Al Abdelaziz suggested in his presentation of a resolution on the matter at Wednesday’s ...

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PATERSON, NJ - Taking a page out of Corporate America where employees are often asked to weigh in on cost saving, revenue generating, or process improving efforts, the City of Paterson will undertake an employee innovation survey to solicit the same from the nearly 2,000 public employees that make ...

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