Developer doles out donations to Paterson groups | Paterson Times

Developer doles out donations to Paterson groups


Prominent developer Charles Florio has doled out donations to eight diverse local organization this week.

Florio’s donation ranged from $3,000 to $20,000. He is also hosting a book-bag giveaway on Sunday from 12-3 p.m. at 103 Fair Street.

500 backpacks will be distributed, said Florio. He is also giving out 100 $50 gift cards to the uniform store at Center City Mall.

Florio’s largest contribution of $20,000 went to the Dominican Parade organization. He also gave to three local youth sports groups.

“I’ve been donating to many of these causes for the past five years,” said Florio. “Most of these people are helping Paterson children.”

Florio owns thousands of apartments in the city.

“If it wasn’t for him it would be a struggle for us,” said Elsa Mantilla, head of the Dominican Parade group. She said the funds will help the organization to pay the city for parade security and clean up expenses.

Florio has given to the parade 3 out of the past 4 years, he said. The parade will march through the city next month.

Activist Ernest Rucker’s Save the Village group received the second biggest donation. His organization will use the $6,000 to give out scholarships and hold Halloween and Christmas events.

Florio has supported the group for seven years, said Rucker.

“He always comes through for us,” said coach Rahsaan Johnson referring to Florio. His group the Paterson Wild Cats received $3,000. “He liked what we were doing with the youth.”

Johnson said funds will be used to buy helmets, shoulder pads, and training bags for young people on the team. He said the team has 72 youngsters in 3-7 grades. He said the team plays at the North Bergen Junior Football League.

Johnson said all of his team members are Paterson residents.

Florio challenged other organizations to give to local groups.

“You don’t have to match my donations. You can give something,” said Florio.

Other groups to receive funds were:

  • $5,000 Bethel AME Church
  • $3,000 Unizamba Football Club
  • $3,000 Paterson Cricket League
  • $3,000 Jump Start
  • $3,000 Grandparents Resource Center.

“These organizations represent our community. These organizations, no pun intended, are truly one Paterson,” said Florio.

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  • Paterson Pulse Paterson Pulse

    When you have $54 million this is pennies to you, shows you can buy anyone's favor as the Bible said. Now you can screw their city over and they will keep their mouth's shut becasue you are bought and paid for.
    This is why the Gospel tell us to work by our own hands so we won't sell our souls.
    If I hit oil I would do the same, only I have cared about ending the corrupt people like him for years.
    for years. This is not "goodwill" it is intendend to hid hid deeds.
    The day they end Section 8 in Paterson he would get out of their like a Bat Out Of Hell and perhaps the hell he has caused others.
    How much did the pay to target the wives and daughters of the rivals of corrupt Sayegh as they said? SMH.
    The devil doing good? what behind it? you bilnd them to what you are doing evil.

    • Dominick Perez

      This is peanuts compared to all the free houses he was given by Joey and Mayor McCheese. If Mayor McCheese isn't careful to obey orders he will find himself set up the same way Joey was.

      • John

        Free? I saw hes people bidding at city ran auctions like you could have instead of.sitting there complaining and spewing your obvious racist view because he is not the same color of your skin. RACIST BIGOT

        • Dominick Perez

          Sure you did, but we both know the truth. You're the one who brought up skin color not me lol are you on his payroll too? I don't want to be a slumlord thank you very much.

      • John

        I am my own landlord. I own many many units. Why knock someone who is at least putting something extra into a drug and rat infested community with so many low lives. Check yourself before you attempt to speak.

        • Dominick Perez

          Suuure you do, you can barely write properly. That's a pretty racist statement by the way calling them low lives because they are Black. And he's in it for the section 8 money not out of any sense of altruism.

          • John

            I tell you what. If you have any credit.then go buy yourself a big building in Paterson. Then see how pretty.and well and at.the same time profitable it becomes for you. You have no idea what it takes in Paterson. This is a whole another monster.

          • Dominick Perez

            I don't want to be a slumlord leaching off the taxpayers by charging exorbitant rents for roach infested hovels. Florio didn't earn squat his grand daddy left him millions.

      • John

        And by the way you dont.need to mention racism, it shows for itself. COMMON SENSE

        • John

          Do you even realize he put Joey in jail. Think and know before you speak, you sound extremely stupid.

          • Dominick Perez

            Yes he put Joey in jail after Joey refused to continue selling out to him. It was payback.

    • John

      If section 8 were to be pulled any Landlord with any common sense would also pull out. American cannot be stupid. With that said, the majority of people on Section 8 are betting the system. I know of a women in section 8 that owns 2 domincan beauty salons. At least 90% of people on section 8 are in one of these 3 categories.
      1. Working off the books.
      2. On drugs
      3. Just plain lazy.

      So to bash any entrepreneur is SHAMEFULL and you should be ashamed and disgusted to look at yourself in the mirror. Why do you hate an entrepreneur? Is it because of
      1. Envy
      2. Being a racist?
      3. Envy.
      4. Because he is white and you aren't?
      Which one are you?

      • Dominick Perez

        You're the one who sounds like a racist. You're an angry white guy lolol

        • John

          Actually I am.100% Hispanic and if.i.wasnt that would be 100% fine. I happen to know how Patersons social make up are.usually 99% racist. Your comments alone.come.from your racism. What did you do for your.Paterson community today. No excuses

          • Dominick Perez

            So you're calling 99% of people you don't even know racist because they speak out against a corrupt slumlord lol? You must be on the payroll! FYI I don't live in that corrupt shithole sorry.