Passaic County assignment judge Ernest Caposela invalidated 22 mail-in votes in the 2nd Ward election case on Friday morning in a contest that was narrowing decided by just 20 votes.
After hearing arguments on Friday afternoon in 44 ballots former councilman Mohammed Akhtaruzzaman’s side is seeking to nullify, Passaic County Superior Court judge Ernest Caposela is expected to render a decision in the drawn-out case in early July.
With five weeks to go before the vote to determine who will lead the City Council for the next year, council members seeking the helm of the governing body have been maneuvering to collect the needed votes to capture the presidency.
After hearing months of testimony from dozens of voters, deputy attorney general Alan Stephens in a brief submitted to the Passaic County Superior Court is suggesting the court reject 22 identified mail-in ballots cast in the 2nd Ward election.
The city’s school district is under heavy criticism for eliminating its courtesy busing program taking away transportation from 491 city students attending the Passaic County Technical Institute (PCTI) beginning next school year.
Mayor Jose “Joey” Torres was heckled at the first of a series of town hall meetings on Wednesday evening when a longtime city resident shouted at him calling the three-term mayor a “disgrace to Paterson.”
The city council refused to approve $900,000 to rehabilitate the remaining portion of the Paterson Armory on Tuesday night. Mayor Jose “Joey” Torres’ administration sought to borrow $857,142 with $42,858 in down payment to rehabilitate the building on Market Street.