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Torres resigns; Cotton becomes mayor

After the resignation of disgraced mayor Jose “Joey” Torres on Monday morning, council president Ruby Cotton assumed the mayor’s seat.


Florio: Torres got what he deserved

Mayor Jose “Joey” Torres received his just deserts on Friday evening for taking advantage of taxpayers, said Charles Florio, developer who can be credited for the three-term mayor’s downfall.


Paterson mayor Torres takes plea deal in corruption case

Mayor Jose “Joey” Torres pleaded guilty to corruption charges on Friday afternoon. As part of the five-page plea agreement, Torres will step down and serve five years without parole in state prison. He will be barred from public office and employment in the future.

Police News


Paterson man allegedly sold heroin while on bicycle

A city man was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly dealing drugs while riding a bicycle, according to Passaic County Sheriff Richard Berdnik. Richard Garcia, 39, was observed beckoning vehicles on Mercer and Keen streets as they passed to allegedly conduct sales. At one point, while detectives were watching him at around 7 p.m., he got



Paterson school board agrees to auction off three buildings

The city’s school district is auctioning off three building that have been unoccupied for years. School board members agreed to sell the former Board of Education complex on Church Street, the old School 5 on Totowa Avenue, and the former St. Paul’s Lutheran Church building on Smith Street.



Paterson bar with cockfighting ring, drugs gets six-month suspension

The city suspended the liquor license for New Ranchi City, a bar infamous for having a cockfighting ring operating out of its Market Street basement, on Wednesday evening. A six-month suspension was issued by the Paterson Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.