After criticizing the Well of Hope, council members on Tuesday evening failed to pull funding from the troubled needle exchange operator. At question was $93,327 in grant funds the nonprofit receives via the city from the federal Ryan White program.
School board member Lilisa Mimms kicked off her campaign for an at-large city council seat on Friday night promising a “better” Paterson to hundreds of her supporters at the Brownstone House.
Mayor Jane Williams-Warren secured approval for her $279.52 million introduced budget on Wednesday night after her budget was voted down last week. Council members demanded the administration provide a reduction in force or layoff plan prior to passing the introduced budget in a 6-3 vote.
Acting mayor Jane Williams-Warren’s administration introduced a $285.43 million fiscal year 2018 budget on Wednesday night. Council members in a 3-3 vote rejected the mayor’s introduced budget.
Councilmen William McKoy and Michael Jackson described the needle program run by the Well of Hope as “irresponsible.” Alex Mendez promised to shut it down if elected mayor. All three men voted to approve $16,815 in grant funding to the Well of Hope in early October, according to municipal records.
The city council appointed a refugee advocate to replace convicted Jersey City police officer Ehab Abdelaziz on the Paterson Board of Adjustment.
Passaic County Superior Court assignment judge Ernest Caposela on Wednesday morning dismissed official misconduct charges brought against council members by the publisher of the New Jersey Pulse newspaper.