The group that has held the midnight ceremony at Westside Park for the past years to commemorate International Mother Language Day has been denied municipal permission for this year’s observance.
Prominent developer Charles Florio is offering more than a dozen rent-free apartments to police officers willing to live in the city’s roughest neighborhoods. He is starting with 15 apartments, he said.
The city has agreed to pay $300,000 to settle police lieutenant Washington Griffin’s lawsuit alleging discrimination and racism within the Paterson police force.
Community activist Casey Melvin urged city officials to delay the sale of dozens of city-owned properties until a plan is devised to allow local residents to get “first right of refusal.” His lobbying efforts come as the city is attempting to raise $2 million in revenue by selling government properties.
Acting mayor Jane Williams-Warren’s administration averted a government shutdown by convincing council members to pass a $23.27 million temporary budget that the governing body had rejected a week earlier to fund operations through February.
Leaders from the city’s African and Haitian communities condemned derogatory remarks made by president Donald Trump targeting their homelands.
The city brought on 28 new police officers on Wednesday pushing the number of cops in the department, for the first time since 2010, to above 400, said police director Jerry Speziale.