An unidentified commissioner of the now-defunct Paterson Municipal Utilities Authority (MUA) has been accused of accepting kickbacks from $146,500 in sham payments made to a contractor for services that were never rendered, according to documents made public by U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito on Tuesday afternoon.
The man hired almost three years ago to control workers compensation costs by weeding out fraud was suspended on Monday afternoon amid an investigation into big increases in the city’s medical payments for workers comp. cases.
Mayor Jane Williams-Warren ordered the city’s personnel director Abby Levenson, who had been allowed by business administrator Nellie Pou to telecommute, to cease working from home, according to municipal memorandum.
Former longtime councilman Aslon Goow threw his hat in the ring for one of the three available at-large council seats this week.
Former public safety director Glenn Brown dropped out of the city’s mayoral race on Friday morning. His withdrawal was expected for weeks; his former campaign manager endorsed councilman Andre Sayegh over the weekend.
An ardent supporter of councilman and mayoral candidate Andre Sayegh’s found the tires of his vehicle slashed over the weekend.
Ten organizations run by African-Americans will be recognized during the city’s Black History Month celebration on Thursday afternoon.