Littering in Paterson? You could be fined as much as $2,000. | Paterson Times

Littering in Paterson? You could be fined as much as $2,000.


Municipal officials have doubled the maximum penalty for littering in Paterson on Tuesday night.

The maximum fine for littering has been doubled from $1,000 to $2,000.

“I just hope we start enforcing things,” said councilman Flavio Rivera. He has often criticized mayor Andre Sayegh’s administration for lackluster performance in enforcing municipal ordinances.

Public works inspectors wanted the fines increased for a while, said councilman Luis Velez. He said public works had been anxious for the penalty hike. For new maximum penalty to deter litter bugs, the municipal court needs to hold people responsible for breaking the law.

A judge can impose a fine of $250 to $2,000, three months of imprisonment or community service.

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  • keymaker

    They really need to start enforcing things. The downtown area looks dirty. The store fronts look like the only time they see water is when it rains. The city is suffering from a huge lack of willingness to do things.

    • Paterson Resident

      Everywhere is dirty and the neighbors in the mid Eastside area put out garbage whenever the hell they please. Where are the inspectors? What the hell are they doing? Garbage day can't be on Sunday and garbage is placed on the curb from Friday.

  • Ablej

    What happens when you own a house and the next morning you find trash that someone else left who gets the fine?