The city council narrowly voted to accept a $30,000 donation to improve eight ballfields from the controversial “One Paterson” civic organization connected to mayor Andre Sayegh.
After criticizing mayor Andre Sayegh for his past tax hike stances, the City Council approved a 2-percent tax increase on Tuesday night, giving his nascent administration a chance to deliver on the campaign promise to stabilize taxes through development.
Council president Maritza Davila did not appoint councilman Luis Velez as chair or co-chair of a single City Council committee. She also did not assign him as member to a single significant committee.
Al Abdelaziz, flanked by his family, placed his left hand on the Quran and raised his right hand to take the oath of office for the 6th Ward City Council seat at the Hani Awadallah School cafetorium on Monday evening.
Council president Maritza Davila startled her colleagues early Wednesday morning by bringing down the gavel at full strength on the dais. She sought to shut-down councilman Luis Velez, who wanted to speak during a discussion on a bazaar license for the Peruvian Festival.
After the sudden resignation of the previous deputy city clerk, the City Council on Tuesday night appointed Jacqueline Murray to the post.
The City Council appointed Al Abdelaziz, vice chairman of the Paterson Democrats, to fill the 6th Ward seat vacated by mayor Andre Sayegh on Tuesday night, breaking away with recent custom not to appoint anyone seeking the seat long-term through election.