PATERSON, NJ - Paterson officials have been informed that the city’s application for $24.65 million in transitional aid has been approved, and then some.

In a letter to Mayor Andre Sayegh, dated January 29, Melanie R. Walter, Director of the Division of Local Government Services for the Department of Community Affairs, told the city’s chief executive that officials “may move forward with appropriate budget amendments and adoption of a budget reflecting same.”

That action is expected to come on Tuesday when the Paterson City Council will convene for a special meeting.

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In addition to the transitional aid, the letter continued, Paterson has been awarded up to $200,000 in supplemental transitional aide funding to support the City’s initiative to undertake a comprehensive operational assessment. Saying the additional amount is being authorized by Governor Phil Murphy and Lt. Governor Sheila Oliver “in recognition of the City’s ongoing efforts to generate revenue, retain and cultivate qualified professional staff, and restrain spending,” the letter also encouraged local officials to “redouble your efforts in the coming year.”

“This is a testament to the great work of the City Council working with the Administration to make hard decisions,” Chief of Staff Kathleen Long said. “This operational assessment, similar to what is already underway with the police department, will hopefully highlight other ways the City can become more efficient and effective.”

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