PATERSON, NJ - Paterson residents seeking to make a change in their city through civic engagement are invited to an information session hosted by The Citizens Campaign.

The information session will be held at Passaic County Community College and begin at 6:00 p.m.

The Metuchen based organization, already active in cities across New Jersey, are, their website states, a community of problem solvers – government law and policy experts, business people, citizen journalists, civic leaders, students, teachers, parents, artists, entrepreneurs and more – dedicated to empowering citizens through civic leadership training in innovative problem solving to meet today’s challenges and provide an alternative to dysfunctional politics.

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On Monday, the organization will take initial steps towards creating a Civic Trust in Paterson, a group of two dozen or more residents that work to improve the city through what they call the “No-Blame Problem Solving” process.

“We’re calling on all residents who are passionate about making Paterson better to come out and learn about our proven system that helped regular citizens throughout New Jersey implement over 300 laws,” Joel Rosa, Civic Trust’s director said.

According to Rosa the model being introduced is currently operating in, among other cities, Newark, Perth Amboy, and Trenton, where, he pointed out in an email, trustees have spearheaded the signing of pay-to-play reform, launched a Green Team, and the creation of the capital city’s first Ethics Board.

Welcoming the introduction of a Civic Trust in Paterson is Mayor Andre Sayegh who said that “history tells us that our nation was founded on the basis of civic engagement, and that’s what we need to get back to.”

“A more active citizenry will make Paterson stronger,” he added.


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