PATERSON, NJ - Vaughn McKoy’s tenure as Paterson’s business administrator may have ended Friday but his contribution to the renaissance of the city he was born and raised in is just beginning, he told TAPinto Paterson in a recent conversation.
On Saturday Mayor Andre Sayegh confirmed McKoy’s new role, saying in a Facebook post that the man whose resume includes award-winning lawyer and business leader, as well as author and standout four-sport athlete, will be retained by the city as a special adviser.
“Vaughn’s experience has been invaluable to our efforts to bring Paterson back to where it should be,” Sayegh said. “While he will go back into private practice and pursue other endeavors, his knowledge, experience, and foresight will still be put to work here as we focus on building ours into a model 21st century city.”
McKoy has been by Sayegh’s side since being named as counsel to his successful mayoral campaign in 2018. He was later tapped to serve as chair of Sayegh’s Transition Team and eventually as business administrator.
Under the terms of a $17,500 professional services contract with recognized law firm Ingelsino, Webster, Wyciskala & Taylor, that will run until June 30, McKoy will provide guidance on several issues he has already been entrenched in since first assuming the position on July 1, 2018. Included in these, he said, is renegotiating the 19 contracts the city’s public employees work under, advancing several redevelopment projects currently in the pipeline, and bringing a resolution to the contributions St. Joseph’s Health makes to the city coffers.
Asked about the Paterson of past years, and where it is headed under the Sayegh Administration, McKoy characterized the difference as “big.”
“We are more fundamentally equipped, functionally more effective, and financially more efficient,” he said. And while not everything is perfect, he added, “it is making progress” as evidenced by the recent 8-1 vote by the Paterson City Council, the earliest in recent memory, to pass an annual budget.
“We have projects moving forward that I want to see through,” McKoy said, adding that he believes he can be more effective “from the outside.”
Praising his “open door policy” while in the city’s top position was 4th Ward Councilwoman Ruby Cotton who said she thought it was “wonderful” that McKoy would not disappear from Paterson City Hall entirely. “We have so many priorities on the table that he’s been working on, and sometimes putting things in new hands” slow progress down she offered.
Based in Parsippany, the firm McKoy is going back to is no stranger to doing city work, a piece of its practice it put aside when McKoy took the job with Paterson. Now, McKoy said, he would like to open a new office in Paterson so he can be as hands on as possible in his new role.
“I want people to know that I just don’t come to Paterson, but I am Paterson. I am because we are,” McKoy said philosophically. “I’m going to be here to continue serving and I can use this opportunity to pitch people on why they should be here also.”
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