PATERSON, NJ – Paterson’s newest Municipal Court Judge Xavier Rodriguez was sworn in on Monday, according to a statement issued by Mayor Andre Sayegh’s office.

While Superior Court Judge Yolanda Adrianzen administered the oath several local and county leaders, including Paterson Business Administrator Vaughn McKoy, Corporation Counsel Khalifah Shabazz, and Passaic County Surrogate Bernice Toledo, joined Sayegh in speaking at the event held in the city council chambers.

Sayegh thanked the members of the Paterson City Council for their “strong support of the nomination” adding that “Rodriguez possesses 17 years’ experience as a jurist and I expect him to be firm but fair.”

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“I am also proud that he is moving to Paterson,” Sayegh concluded referencing a commitment Rodriguez made when he appeared before the city’s legislative body May 21.

Despite concerns raised by First Ward Councilman Michael Jackson regarding a handful of negative online comments about Rodriguez’ time on the bench in Passaic the Council ultimately approved the nomination with 2nd Ward Councilman Shahin Khalique saying the internet posts shouldn’t dissuade his colleagues.

“16 years of service and eight bad comments, that’s a great record,” Khalique said.

“I will be fair and I will treat people with dignity. I aim for residents’ experience with the Paterson Court, and with me, to be a positive one,” Rodriguez said after taking his oath.