The pastor running a church out of an Atlantic Street garage has decided against seeking municipal approval to legitimize the controversial house of worship that neighbors have complained has caused traffic problems and late-night noise, according to his attorney.
The city is moving ahead with auction to sell off 46 government-owned properties despite opposition from half-dozen residents. Some community residents criticized the administration and the governing body for failing to give locals first dibs on the properties.
Prominent developer Charles Florio is offering more than a dozen rent-free apartments to police officers willing to live in the city’s roughest neighborhoods. He is starting with 15 apartments, he said.
The section of Main Street between Grand and Slater Streets could soon be known as “Eva’s Village Way” in recognition of the work of New Jersey’s largest anti-poverty organization.
Municipal officials have agreed to pay $25,000 to settle a woman’s trip-and-fall lawsuit. She claimed to have suffered serious injuries after tripping and falling at a storm drain on Chamberlain Avenue, according to court records.
The city has agreed to pay $300,000 to settle police lieutenant Washington Griffin’s lawsuit alleging discrimination and racism within the Paterson police force.
Community activist Casey Melvin urged city officials to delay the sale of dozens of city-owned properties until a plan is devised to allow local residents to get “first right of refusal.” His lobbying efforts come as the city is attempting to raise $2 million in revenue by selling government properties.