PATERSON, NJ - Residents of Paterson’s 2nd Ward will once again be represented if a resolution to fill their currently seat on the seat on the City Council on an interim basis is approved Tuesday.

Gilman Choudhury, a well-recognized community volunteer, is expected to be selected to serve in the position that was made vacant when a judge declared that a new election must be held as Shahin Khalique and Mohammed Akhtaruuzzaman, the top two vote-getter in the May 12 election, ended the campaign in a tie.

A married father of two, Choudhury moved to Paterson at just seven months old, living first in the Fourth Ward and then, since he was 13, the Second Ward. A graduate of JFK High School, he also received a bachelor’s degree, as well as two graduate certificates from Montclair State University, and is now enrolled in the MBA program at William Paterson University.

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Currently an administrator with Paterson Public Schools, the Honorably Discharged soldier from the Army Reserves, is involved in numerous volunteer activities, including JFK High School’s College Ready Program.

Saying that he’s up to the challenge of helping to “determine the destiny of the city,” Choudhury offered to TAPinto Paterson that he is cognizant of the challenges he’ll face if he is appointed to the seat. Expecting to take action on several big decisions, including on multiple redevelopment projects and quality of life ordinances he said that his will be a “Herculean” task.

“I like to read, research, and listen,” he said, adding that his votes will always be based on “what is best for the public good.” 

Asked whether he intended to seek a full term in the election that has now been moved to November Choudhury recalled the story of Cincinnatus, a Roman statesman who, despite having the opportunity to serve in the highest position overseeing the Empire, did so for only as long as necessary to ensure a peaceful transition to a new leader.

“I believe in principle and integrity,” he said. “I hope this is a chance to do some good on a temporary basis.”

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