Mayor Jose “Joey” Torres received his just deserts on Friday evening for taking advantage of taxpayers, said Charles Florio, developer who can be credited for the three-term mayor’s downfall.
Mayor Jose “Joey” Torres pleaded guilty to corruption charges on Friday afternoon. As part of the five-page plea agreement, Torres will step down and serve five years without parole in state prison. He will be barred from public office and employment in the future.
The city council on Tuesday night voted down a measure that sought to acquire 11 properties on both sides of Ryle Avenue to create a new entrance to the Great Falls National Historical Park from West Broadway.
The city’s health and human services director Donna Nelson-Ivy moved from being a staunch defender of a troubled needle exchange program that inspired repeated protests to try to shield the Well of Hope from health inspectors, reveal documents released by the municipal government as part of an open records request.
The large number of television sets on city streets are the result of people from neighboring towns dumping their used sets in Paterson, according to a municipal official. Municipalities surrounding the Silk City do not pick up televisions left on the curbside forcing people from those towns to discard them in Paterson.
The needle exchange program that has been blamed for the proliferation of dirty syringes in public parks and sidewalks is shutting down. Jerome King, the director of the Well of Hope, announced the closure on Saturday morning.
The Well of Hope, operator of the controversial needle exchange program, failed health inspections two years in a row, according to municipal records. Health inspectors discovered extensive mold growth inside the kitchen cabinets, ceiling, and floor.