The city refused to take on $3.85 million in debt to upgrade heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems at the Frank X. Graves Public Safety complex and the Paterson Museum. Council members voted down the bond measure last week and some told mayor Jane Williams-Warren’s administration to defer the upgrades. Chief attorney Domenick Stampone…
Acting mayor Jane Williams-Warren’s administration secured approval for a $36.23 million temporary budget that funds government from December through January. The approval came after councilman Kenneth Morris warned his colleagues the temporary budget is putting the city on a trajectory to outstrip spending outlined in the proposed fiscal year 2018 budget.
After criticizing the Well of Hope, council members on Tuesday evening failed to pull funding from the troubled needle exchange operator. At question was $93,327 in grant funds the nonprofit receives via the city from the federal Ryan White program.
Councilman Shahin Khalique’s previous hometown has issued a warrant for his arrest after he failed to answer a summons issued for a zoning violation, according to court records.
Mayor Jane Williams-Warren secured approval for her $279.52 million introduced budget on Wednesday night after her budget was voted down last week. Council members demanded the administration provide a reduction in force or layoff plan prior to passing the introduced budget in a 6-3 vote.
Longtime school board member Jonathan Hodges secured re-election on Tuesday night. Former school board member Kenneth Simmons regained a seat. And challenger Joel Ramirez captured a seat in the eight-person school board race.
School board candidates Joel Ramirez, Kenneth Simmons, Jonathan Hodges are leading the pack of eight candidates as unofficial vote tallies come in.