For the second time this month, the city council on Tuesday night rejected a $2.6 million borrowing measure to renovate Hinchliffe Stadium and make improvements to other recreation facilities by citing lack of information from mayor Jose “Joey” Torres’ administration about where the funds will be spent.
A plan that seeks to acquire 15 ramshackle properties in the Ryle Avenue area using $2.5 million in state Green Acres funds to create a new entrance to the Great Falls National Historical Park from West Broadway has been approved by the City Council.
Mayor Jose “Joey” Torres and three public works supervisors pleaded not guilty on Monday afternoon to theft and other corruption charges at the Hudson County Superior Court.
Several city activists blasted the City Council on Tuesday night for failing to pass a vote of no confidence on indicted mayor Jose “Joey” Torres calling for him to tender his resignation.
The city council approved a $3 million bond measure to cover tax appeals and rejected a $2.6 million borrowing measure for recreation facilities on Tuesday night. Council members cited the city’s eroding debt capacity to vote down the $2.6 million borrowing measure.
The measure to seek indicted mayor Jose “Joey” Torres’ resignation failed this week after council members voted to protect their political interests, according to more than a dozen local political observes and strategists interviewed for this report.
The city council approved a two-year agreement to lease the second floor of the Paterson Health Department to the Partnership for Maternal and Child Health of Northern New Jersey for $24,000 despite objections from municipal employees on Tuesday night.