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Paterson mayoral race: Sayegh camp asks authorities to investigate racist mailer

Man accused of delivering the racist flyer.

Councilman Andre Sayegh’s campaign has asked both the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office and the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office to investigate a racist mailer that was received by voters over the weekend.

Sayegh on Monday morning said the mailer and the photograph of a possible suspect was sent to the Public Integrity Unit at the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office.

“It was highly recommended that we refer it to the Public Integrity Unit,” said Sayegh. It’s not clear what authorities can do about a flyer, even a racist one is protected under the First Amendment.

Mary Ryan, head of the Public Integrity at the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office, did not respond to a request for comment.

Man accused of delivering the racist flyer.

Man accused of delivering the racist flyer.

“Of course, the First Amendment protects the Freedom of Speech. Whomever produced and distributed this thoroughly disgusting piece did so under the guise of the Progressive Values Committee, when in fact PVC did not produce or distribute this offensive garbage,” said Joe Waks, chairman of the Progressive Values Committee of Bayonne, a pro-Sayegh super PAC, on Monday morning. “I’ll leave it to the prosecutor’s office and law enforcement to decide what charges are appropriate.”

Sayegh’s campaign managed to identify a person responsible for dropping the mailer into voters’ mail boxes. A surveillance tape image of the alleged actor appeared on Sunday night. Some of the councilman’s supporters suggested the man in the footage is Jesus Castro, a municipal inspector, who has criticized Sayegh over the years.

Municipal inspector Jesus Castro.

Municipal inspector Jesus Castro.

“That’s not me,” said Castro, when forwarded still photograph taken from the surveillance footage. “It’s a false allegation against my person.”

The actor in the surveillance still photograph has an eerie resemblance to Castro. He said Sayegh supporters are trying to publicly smear him by asserting the man distributing the racist mailer is him.

“I too feel what’s happening is not right,” said Castro of the racist flyer. Sayegh’s campaign also has picture of an SUV that was used by the mail dropper to make deliveries.

Castro said he owns a minivan.

On Monday afternoon, Sayegh’s wife Farhanna sent a letter to New Jersey attorney general Gurbir Grewal urging his office to look into the racist flyer.

“I am reaching out to you today to express my grave concern over the disgraceful, and possibly criminal tactics being used in this election,” she wrote. “The language on the flyer contains racial epithets to describe African Americans and Latinos; and includes shameful and hateful attacks against both our Muslim and LGBT communities. It is divisive and vile, and this hate mail was designed to falsely insinuate to voters that this language was coming from Andre.”

Racist mailer received by Paterson voters (front).

Racist mailer received by Paterson voters (front).

Sayegh immediately denounced the mailer that Waks called a fake mail piece. The flyer bears the address of the super PAC and has a U.S. Postal Service mark on the corner.

Waks’ group has been attacking Sayegh’s opponents by micro targeting voters. The flyer is not consistent with the super PAC’s other mailers. For example, the group’s flyers are sent to specific voters through the U.S. Postal Service.

The flyer urges voters to support Sayegh. However, it has an unflattering image of the councilman on both sides.

Email: jay@patersontimes.com

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  • Dominick Perez

    I love it lol, this clown will do anything to win and hand over the city to his master Florio, good for you Andre sell out steal as much as you can and then go to prison like your predecessors!

    • Robert V

      Do you know how stupid you sound? look at the background of the picture you dummy. He is in bed with Mendez ,Andre is the one getting screwed with. People like you shouldnt be allowed to vote.

      • Dominick Perez

        It's called a false flag dumbass. Take your head out of your ass and think, what would any of his opponents have to gain from this? He sent these out himself to garner sympathy. Thank God I don't live in that shithole anymore, idiots like you are the reason why it's all fouled up, you keep voting for these scumbags.

        • Robert V

          LOMA False flag hahahahah OMG you sooo stupid its scary!!!! By the way you moron I dont live in Paterson. False flag my god your stupid!!!! Did you even get past 3d grade you dope? How do you even stand up without dragging your knuckles?

          • Dominick Perez

            You're not bright enough to grasp the concept, that makes you a perfect voter in that shithole! Enjoy living in the ghetto!

          • Robert V

            I DON'T LIVE IN PATERSON MORON. KEEP READING THE CONSPIRACY MAGAZINES YOU BRAIN DEAD SECTION 8 ,FIFTH GRADE GHETTO DROP OUT.
            GO PAY THE MONEY YOU OWE TO ONE OF YOUR BABY MAMAS

          • Dominick Perez

            All caps makes you look like a screaming idiot lol take Andre's cock out of your mouth, don't you have a job or are you down in mommy's basement all day?

          • Robert V

            Dont you have crack to sell somewhere

          • Dominick Perez

            Nope, I on my own business and I'll bet I make more in month than you do in a year. You must have a crappy life if all you do is sit around waiting for me to reply to you lol SAD.

          • Robert V

            your a sad little liar

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