Ex-Paterson mayor Torres released from state prison | Paterson Times

Ex-Paterson mayor Torres released from state prison


Disgraced former mayor Jose “Joey” Torres has been released from state prison after serving little over a year.

“He was released this morning. At 8:11 a.m.,” said Matt Schuman, a spokesman for the New Jersey Department of Corrections, on Wednesday afternoon.

Torres served 392 days in prison. He was sentenced to a five-year term on Nov. 14, 2017 for official misconduct. He became eligible for parole last month.

The former three-term mayor spent the past 13 months at the Central Reception and Assignment Facility (CRAF) in Trenton, according to state records.

Torres has been banned from ever holding public office or employment.

Torres had public works employees renovate a warehouse on East 15th Street leased by his daughter Clarissa Torres and nephew Manuel Torres.

Municipal workers were captured on tape renovating the property using government vehicles and equipment by private investigator Harry Melber.

Developer Charles Florio hired Melber to follow the then-mayor over a permit dispute with the city.

Public works supervisors Joseph Mania of Randolph; Imad Mowaswes of Clifton; and Timothy Hanlon of Woodland Park were convicted with their boss. Each man was given a three-year probation sentence.

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  • John Brown

    what a shame. only 1 year for this thief' I hope he violates his probation.

    • https://www.facebook.com/app_scoped_user_id/350862588637007/ Ibbs John

      relax it’s not even that big of a deal . They made an example out of him . this shit happens everywhere ,literally every neighboring town and beyond in the state , is it right ? No but did he deserve jail ? . Christie ain’t go to jail . Trump ain’t going . Obama ain’t going . He should of lost his job paid restitution put on probation .

  • Andres Rodriguez

    This Ex "Mayor" Torres is a human rat I hope you and your political partners burn in HELL