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2nd Ward councilman suggests city seek help from other towns with snow removal

Henry Street in the city's 2nd Ward remains untouched by plows since the storm.

With many of his streets still untouched by plows, Mohammed Akhtaruzzaman, the 2nd Ward councilman, called on the mayor to seek assistance from other towns in removing snow and salting the streets.

“It was worthy advice,” said Jeffery Jones, the city’s mayor. “They’re dealing with their own salt issues and snow removal issues.” The mayor said he contacted Hawthorne, Clifton, Passaic, Fair Lawn, and Haledon.

Many of these small towns have snow problems of their own, and were not readily available to respond to calls for help. “They’re trying to clean up their streets just like we’re trying to clean up ours,” said Jones.

The mayor did reach out to surrounding towns in the afternoon. “He was looking for a piece of equipment,” said James Anzaldi, the mayor of Clifton. Jones was looking for heavy duty snow plow, said Anzaldi.

The mayor of Clifton referred Jones to Matthew Wilkins, Clifton’s city manager, who has the authority to loan equipment. Wilkins said he had a voice mail from Jones, and he was planning to call back after this reporter’s inquiry.

“I have to call him,” said Wilkins. When asked whether his town can lend the city assistance by providing the requested tools in its time of need, Wilkins said, “That’s not appropriate for me to answer right now. I’m going to have to talk to the mayor first.”

Henry Street in the city's 2nd Ward remains untouched by plows since the storm.

Henry Street in the city’s 2nd Ward remains untouched by plows since the storm.

“Carlisle Avenue, Webster Avenue, are a disaster,” said Akhtaruzzaman, who lives in the former. “Wayne Avenue is also a disaster.” Akhtaruzzaman said he would have dialed the neighboring communities himself, but he lacked the executive power to do so. “I can’t call the neighboring towns because I don’t have executive power,” said Akhtaruzzaman.

Jones took the advice and received mixed results with some towns agreeing to work with the city’s public works department to coordinate efforts and others not having the means to help.

“The major roads were done the first day,” said Jones. “It’s the side streets where cars were double parked and people were throwing snow back into the streets” were the issue, said the mayor.

“We’re still waiting for parts of our salt order to come in,” said Jones. “We’re not the only ones, other cities are waiting too.” Jones said the city had ordered salt prior to the storm through the Passaic County Cooperative, but the deliveries were not made in a timely manner, leaving the city without salt when more than a foot of snow came down earlier in the week.

“We’ve already started looking at outside contractors,” said Jones. ”We do have an emergency condition.”

When told of Clifton’s lukewarm response, Akhtaruzzaman said, “You know, you try.”

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    You should see Summer Street it is a major street leading to Route 80. It is shameful.

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    Why is Paterson asking for help? Where did all our tax money go all along that was supposed to go to maintaining and purchasing snow removal equipment? What the hell is going on here? This is a disgrace and embarrassment.The city should have been buying salt during the summer when it's cheap and stockpiling it.someone from outside must come in and account for every dollar of our taxes. Not only to see what's sucking up our money, but to ensure its being spent wisely.discusting.

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    Why not ask every home and business to do the street in front of their home to the yellow line.It's not too much for a household to do and there wouldn't be any street unplowed. You can lower taxes, A LOT,this way. savings would mandatory transfer to lower rent for tenants involved in the cleanup. Why can't we think of creative alternatives in a crises? We don't need a snow removal Dept and the millions of dollars price tag.too many of us are so simple minded and lazy.