Former councilman Julio Tavarez’s defamation lawsuit against his ex-colleagues has been scheduled for trial in the Passaic County Superior Court. He filed the lawsuit claiming a no confidence measure passed against him damaged his reputation in the Paterson community.
Councilman Alex Mendez on Thursday afternoon vehemently denied ever making a racially-tinged remark that is included in a federal court complaint filed by three ousted Paterson Board of Adjustment members.
With five weeks to go before the vote to determine who will lead the City Council for the next year, council members seeking the helm of the governing body have been maneuvering to collect the needed votes to capture the presidency.
The measure to seek indicted mayor Jose “Joey” Torres’ resignation failed this week after council members voted to protect their political interests, according to more than a dozen local political observes and strategists interviewed for this report.
After a big show of force by several dozen of his supporters at the city council chambers, mayor Jose “Joey” Torres survived a no confidence vote on Tuesday night.
After rejecting a tax abatement agreement early last year to allow a developer to renovate and expand affordable housing at a series of buildings on Market and Mill Streets, the city council is considering a revised 30-year tax deal.
The city awarded a $15,000 contract to a North Haledon law firm to represent the municipality in former councilman Julio Tavarez’s defamation lawsuit against council members and mayor in connection with last year’s no confidence vote.