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.
After an almost year-long trial, Passaic County Superior Court judge Ernest Caposela on Monday afternoon crowned Shahin Khalique winner of the city’s 2nd Ward election.
Mayor Jose “Joey” Torres’ administration received some criticism from council members for agreeing to spend $37,860 to build sidewalks for the city’s new dog park on River Street.
Three members of the board of adjustment removed for boycotting meetings have filed a lawsuit against the city, according to federal court documents.
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 is facing criticism from some residents after the city forced the owner of Westside Grill on Union Avenue to remove the mural of two murder victims — Aaron Anderson and Antonio Vega, Jr. – that graced the side of the popular Hillcrest section eatery.
The city council ended weeks of political maneuvering with the selection of Ruby Cotton as president on Saturday afternoon. Cotton, who is in her second term as 4th Ward councilwoman, was selected in a 5-4 vote over councilwoman Maritza Davila.