After the resignation of disgraced mayor Jose “Joey” Torres on Monday morning, council president Ruby Cotton assumed the mayor’s seat.
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.
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.
The city has retained a law firm to take on drug companies that it alleges are responsible for the raging drug epidemic in the streets of Paterson, announced mayor Jose “Joey” Torres on Friday afternoon.
The city council approved two resolutions to pave the way for the use of $130 million in state tax credits for the expansion of Center City Mall and other projects.
Councilman Alex Mendez has been campaigning hard for next year’s mayoral race. His large campaign signs dot houses on both sides of Park Avenue. This has led some of his detractors to cite an outdated and invalid municipal ordinance to allege the at-large councilman is breaking local law.
After closing its doors for two days, the controversial needle exchange program at the Well of Hope re-opened on Wednesday morning.