The much-anticipated race for the mayor’s job and three at-large city council seats began on Friday morning. The city clerk’s office made available petitions to candidates to qualify to participate in the May municipal elections.
Councilman Shahin Khalique’s previous hometown has issued a warrant for his arrest after he failed to answer a summons issued for a zoning violation, according to court records.
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.
Acting mayor Jane Williams-Warren has no plans to ask the city council to approve a resolution issuing a refund to the organizers of the Dominican parade for the early shutdown of festivities, according to business administrator Nellie Pou.
The city council has delayed action on the proposed refund for the Dominican parade which was forced to cease festivities due to street violence after questions raised by councilman Shahin Khalique.
After losing in a bitter election and subsequent court battle, former councilman Mohammed Akhtaruzzaman on Wednesday announced his intention to run for an at-large council seat in next year’s municipal elections.
Councilman Shahin Khalique’s court victory stunned his main rival and sent shock waves through the city’s political circles. Passaic County assignment judge Ernest Caposela’s ruling will have an impact beyond the 2nd Ward. Some have predicted the ruling will change the way election campaigns are run in the city for the worse.