The city council approved four redevelopment plans on Tuesday night in hopes of spurring economic development in some of its most challenged areas.
The city council confirmed Dawn Blakely-Harper as the newest judge on the Paterson Municipal Court on Tuesday evening. Mayor Jose “Joey” Torres appointed Blakely-Harper by removing longtime judge Kevin McDuffie.
The million-dollar prefabricated recreation facility that has been described as a waste of money by councilman Michael Jackson was the subject of a hearing at the City Council on Tuesday evening when council members grilled mayor Jose “Joey” Torres’ administration officials for allegedly “misleading” the governing body.
Mayor Jose “Joey” Torres is not re-appointing longtime municipal court judge Kevin McDuffie who has been described as a “firm” and “fair” judge.
Mayor Jose “Joey” Torres has appointed municipal prosecutor Dawn Blakely-Harper as a judge at the Paterson Municipal Court. Her appointment came before the City Council on Tuesday night which has to confirm her for the judgeship.
The city council refused to approve $900,000 to rehabilitate the remaining portion of the Paterson Armory on Tuesday night. Mayor Jose “Joey” Torres’ administration sought to borrow $857,142 with $42,858 in down payment to rehabilitate the building on Market Street.
When councilman Michael Jackson inquired whether she was aware of concerns raised by staff members about having the municipal identification card program at the vital statistics office, health and human services director Donna Nelson-Ivy replied in the negative.