PATERSON, NJ- Following a tradition that dates back to our nation’s founding, Mayor Andre Sayegh will be delivering his first State of the City Address on Monday.

The event is open to the public and will be held at the Nu Majestic Theater, 385 Broadway, beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Originally conceived to be, and required under the U.S. Constitution as, the delivery of a message regarding the health of the nation to the United States Congress by the President of the United States, the format is one that has been followed by various elected officials in executive positions, such as governors and mayors, over the years.

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According to sources familiar with the framework of the speech, Sayegh is expected to touch on several of the issues that have proved to be key during his first year in office. Among these, TAPinto Paterson has been told, are public safety, redevelopment, jobs creation, and the upcoming 2020 census.

While the speech comes just days after the city council reversed previous course and offered an initial approval to a lease agreement allowing for the proposed Hinchliffe Stadium project to move forward, it will also be delivered in the wake of the separate shooting deaths of two men over the weekend, and just one day before the legislative body will be asked to vote in support of Sayegh’s proposed budget plan.

Continuing to develop and harness the power of partnerships, such as with the Paterson City Council; county, state, and federal government; private foundations; and the non-profit community is also expected to be a recurring theme.

“Mayor Sayegh is determined to continue to move Paterson forward, his resolve to do that is as strong, if not stronger, as it was the day he was sworn in in 2018,” an administration official who spoke on the condition of anonymity said. “His hope is that while what he says will continue to bring people together, it is the collective action of all of us, including the city council, residents, and others that love our city, that will place Paterson in its rightful spot as a world class small city.”

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