Good afternoon citizens of Paterson, members of the Clergy, Madame Clerk, Council President Ruby Cotton, appointed officials and distinguished members of the Paterson Municipal Council.
Mayor Jose “Joey” Torres delivered the final state of the city address for his third nonconsecutive term on Tuesday afternoon. His speech was devoid of any major new initiatives or big plans for the city, a marked departure from his previous addresses.
Months after driving out drug dealers and addicts from his Auburn Street apartment complex by deploying a pair of armed security guards, prominent city developer Charles Florio is pursuing similar strategies at his other properties.
The city’s removal of a mural that paid tribute to two slain men — Aaron Anderson and Antonio Vega, Jr. – sparked a protest on Tuesday evening. Dozens of family members and friends of both men urged municipal officials to restore the mural.
Mayor Jose “Joey” Torres swore in 29 new officers on Monday morning boosting the number of police officers in the city to well-above 400 for the first time in a while. After six months of police academy, the newly minted officers will be deployed on patrol of city streets, said police director Jerry Speziale.
The city council unanimously voted to approve a new ordinance that forces liquor businesses that sell package goods to close at 10 p.m. Council members gave preliminary approval to the new law on Tuesday night.
Councilwoman Maritza Davila lashed out at a man who was protesting fees the city imposed on parade organizers at the city council meeting on Tuesday evening.