PATERSON, NJ - Paterson’s fleet of street sweepers grew by two Friday as Mayor Andre Sayegh officially announced the addition of the two new vehicles.

After registering and detailing the “brooms,” a process that DPW Director Bill Rodriguez predicted will take about two weeks, they will hit the road, bringing the total compliment of street sweepers to eight.

The new vehicles, Rodriguez told TAPinto Paterson, will allow for all seven routes to be covered daily, leaving the eighth to work their way through the city’s parks or take on special cleanup jobs. It also, he said, gives his crews some flexibility should one of the machines breakdown.

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Speaking at the event Sayegh said that with the additions, coming in at a cost of $485,000 the DPW has doubled its number of street sweepers since he took office in 2018.

“This is about the cleanliness of our city, and the image of Paterson,” Sayegh reiterated to TAPinto Paterson following the brief program. His hope is that the number of complaints to his Office of Constituent Relations, related to street sweeping, will be greatly reduced. 

“We want to better serve residents” he added, concluding that “we want them to get a good return on their investment,” or tax dollars.

Also on hand was Fifth Ward Councilman Luis Velez who complimented the DPW staff for always giving 150 % to their jobs.

 “Now we are working to give them the tools they need.

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