Paterson adds 12th Avenue to hotspot business curfew ordinance | Paterson Times

Paterson adds 12th Avenue to hotspot business curfew ordinance


After delaying for the past four months, the city council on Tuesday evening added two segments of 12th Avenue to the hotspot business curfew ordinance to get a better handle of the crime that plagues that street in the 4th Ward.

Businesses on 12th Avenue between East 18th Street and East 24th Street as well as shops on 12th Avenue from Straight Street to Auburn Street will have to close at midnight, according to the ordinance.

“This has been a long road for 12th Avenue,” said Ruby Cotton, 4th Ward councilwoman, who has been pleading to get the crime ridden street designated as a hotspot crime zone. “Finally, we’ll have some relief.”

Cotton has repeatedly praised the business curfew ordinance for restoring quality of life in troubled neighborhoods. Noise, gang hangouts, and late night disturbances have been severely diminished in the 15 areas that fall under the business curfew, according to community leaders.

“We’ve seen a decline in crime,” said Andre Sayegh, 6th Ward councilman. He has two segments of Main Street in the 6th Ward within the business curfew ordinance.

Non-fatal shootings have dropped by a whopping 79-percent in the designated crime hotspots, according to a report issued by police.

A group of bar owners have objected to the business curfew ordinance and have filed a court challenge. However, the opponents of the business curfew have suffered three defeats since 2014, according to the city.

With the addition of two segments of 12th Avenue, the total number of street segments covered by the business curfew ordinance is now 17.

Council members held a public hearing on expansion of the ordinance prior to adoption. One business woman, who did not remain to speak at the public hearing which took place at 11:15 p.m., objected to the ordinance through a third party.

The business woman reportedly owns a liquor store on 12th Avenue.

None of the council members present opposed the expansion.

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  • MarquinhoGaucho

    All that stuff does is push the drug dealers and the junkies to zones where there is no curfew. My neighborhood has seen an uptick in crime afterhours thanks to these curfews. More police presence, surveillance and buy and bust operations , combined with long prison sentences can clean up the streets.

    • Tyson

      More police & long prison terms, would not clean up the streets, where you been for the past 30 years, how about more jobs & a better education system for our COMMUNITY & YOUTH, NOW THAT WILL CLEAN UP THE STREETS!!!!!

      • MarquinhoGaucho

        They need to redo the education like Germany's , for the kids who are not college material have a industrial arts program. Plumbers make better money than social workers and teachers. But too many kids have no desire to learn and improve their lot in life and piss away their education and end up on Public assistance. I say get rid of public assistance so these kids realize they have no plan B