The city’s business administrator in a cabinet meeting on Wednesday morning told department directors to make “extreme cuts.” This as the city faces an undisclosed budget shortfall for the 2018 fiscal year.
The city is seeking to forbid motorists from making right turn on red light in the downtown Paterson commercial business area to improve safety for pedestrians. The governing body on Tuesday granted preliminary approval to bar drivers from making right turns on red at 16 intersections, mostly in downtown Paterson.
The city is borrowing $5 million to cover severance payments for retiring employees, mostly from police and fire. Council members gave preliminary approval to the borrowing measure on Tuesday night which still has to be approved by the state and granted a final governing body approval at a later date.
After the city council selected her to fill the seat vacated by disgraced mayor Jose “Joey” Torres, retired city clerk Jane Williams-Warren on Monday afternoon said she is looking forward to meeting with department directors and other city officials to run the municipal government for the next eight months.
The city council appointed retired city clerk Jane Williams-Warren to as serve mayor until July 2018.
Charles Thomas, the former business administrator under ex-mayor Jeffery Jones, who is being floated as a possible fill-in for seat vacated by mayor Jose “Joey” Torres, was censured by the New Jersey Supreme Court Disciplinary Review Board, according to state government documents.
A small band of followers showed their support for council president Ruby Cotton, who automatically became mayor after Jose “Joey” Torres took a guilty plea and resigned, on Tuesday evening.