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Paterson: Sayegh submits law and health directors for confirmation

By Jayed Rahman
Published: December 17, 2019

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Mayor Andre Sayegh submitted the names of law director Farrah Irving and health and human services director Oshin Castillo for confirmation to the City Council.

Sayegh submitted the names last week. Members of the City Council did not have any objections to the nominations last Tuesday. Council members are expected to vote on both confirmations tonight.

Sayegh appointed Irving as acting law director in July. She replaced former law director Khalifah Shabazz-Charles, who worked in the Sayegh administration for 13 months.

Irving worked as chief municipal prosecutor and assistant township attorney in Irvington. Before that she worked as township attorney in Hillside, there she managed the law department as director and was chief legal counsel.

Irving has a law degree from the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law. She is a partner in the Law Firm of Irving and Mendenhall.

Irving faced scrutiny for a misconduct reprimand issued by the New Jersey Supreme Court.

Sayegh appointed Castillo as health and human services director in August. He had expected to hire her earlier, but needed her to show resume experience working in the area.

Castillo, who serves as president of the Board of Education, spent the past year working as “special assistant” to the human services director at the Passaic County government to build experience.

Castillo has worked as a confidential secretary to the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders. She was hired to the post in Sept. 2016, nine months after becoming a school board member.

She worked at Paterson Medical LLC from September 2015 until she was hired by Passaic County. Prior to that she worked as a business development representative at TD Bank on Valley Road in Wayne from February 2015 through September 2015.

Castillo has a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Communications from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She completed her internship at the United Nations’ Women’s Empowerment Division from August 2010 through September 2012, according to her resume submitted to the Passaic County government.

Sayegh’s administration did not make available for public inspection resumes for either women, an unusual move. Past administration have made resumes of directors available for public inspection.

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