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Paterson struggling to dig out after massive snowstorm

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Mayor Andre Sayegh is urging residents to be patient as public works employees clear the roadways after the massive three-day snowstorm that dumped two feet of snow.

Residents have been bombarding officials with phone calls and texts that their streets have yet to be plowed. Many of the secondary roadways remained uncleared on Tuesday morning.

“Be patient with us,” said public works director William “Billy” Rodriguez.

“We’re just plowing away. Operative word is to be patient,” said Sayegh.

Rodriguez said public works crews have cleared the primary roads throughout the city.

“It’s almost impossible to drive around here,” said councilman Alex Mendez, chairman of public works. He said all the side streets are “a mess.”

Mendez said he was told at a meeting on Friday that Paterson was prepared for the storm. “Everything was yes, yes, yes,” he said. He said he is disappointed with the city’s response to the storm.

Mendez said some residents missed work because they couldn’t use the roadways to drive to their place of employment.

The effort to clear the roadways hit a snag when 8 of the 30 vehicles broke down, said officials.

“You’ve had a storm that spanned three days. Yesterday, there were points during the day, where you got two inches per hour. So, you can plow but it takes some time to catch up. But then the snow starts to pile up,” said Sayegh.

Sayegh said this is the worst snowfall he has seen in 25 years.

“It was a record storm,” added Rodriguez. Employees also had to take rest periods because of the long duration of the storm, he said.

“It was awful,” said councilman Luis Velez. He had to call the mayor to send a truck through his street to clear the roadway. He said a car that broke down at the entrance to the street impeded the plow truck. “DPW is trying to do their best.”

Velez was previously chairman of the public works committee. He often surveyed the streets and ensured roadways were cleared. He also ensured repair bills were paid so no trucks remained at the shop.

Rodriguez said snowblowers and people shoveling out are throwing a great deal of snow into the roadways.

It’s unlawful to throw snow into the roadways.

Sayegh said the city has collected license plates for some and will issue tickets.

Some residents claimed the roadways were not salted prior to the snowfall. Both Sayegh and Rodriguez said roadways were salted.

“I think we got walloped and our fleet couldn’t handle this type of snow,” said councilman Al Abdelaziz.

Abdelaziz said the city should have had some contractors on standby to call in. He said there has to be better contingency planning.

Abdelaziz said now the administration needs to come up with a snow removal plan to free up parking spaces.

Both Sayegh and Rodriguez outlined an ambitious goal to clear the roads at the end of the day.

“I will say right now, we’re going to try to have everything clean by 5 p.m.,” said Rodriguez.

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  • Resident41

    If someone on your street works for the city then the streets get salted. Sadly the person on our street who used to work there is not working for the city no more so trucks will pass by to clean the street over ours but we get skipped.

    • OBED SANTOS

      South Paterson's streets are completely cleared. Gee I wonder why…

  • Leo Sanchez

    And florios house and the peoples park Ave don’t vote for him they don’t get cleaned

  • John

    This Mayor is asking for patience. Really? On what the skyrocketing murders and shootings and tax increases. Oh for the snow? Mayor u r a shame to human kind, never ask someone for patience u animal

  • John

    So Paterson works like this? Luis Velez called and his street was plowed. I called and no one answered. DISGUSTING

    • No Ethics

      A$$ Kissing has it's privileges.

  • concernedcitizen

    how is it the city of Paterson only has 20 snow plows ?
    the secondary roads are joke cars get stuck at corners
    seeclickfix you get lip service then they close the case with no followup

  • Don Flynn

    Mayor André Sayegh, Lily St. between N. 9th & N. 11th St. at about 9PM this evening (February 2, 2021), is a total disaster area, long after the blizzard came and left. Please explain to the citizens of Paterson why there aren't plows running up and down these side streets RIGHT NOW!!! My 2 daughters and I were stuck for about an hour and a half in the middle of the street! Several other cars were stuck as well. These streets should be closed off until they are cleared. It was a complete nightmare. We had to call a tow truck just to get out of the unplowed street! I am sure there is a reasonable explanation for this and the people of Paterson await that explanation. But any explanation that does not include who dropped the ball and will be disciplined or fired will be unacceptable.

    • No Ethics

      Mr. Flynn,

      With all due respect, the "mayor" will not respond here or even look here. His government approved media is Tap Into Paterson. His email is public [email protected]

      He most likely will not answer. See if Alec Baldwin, Steven Spielberg or Bruce Springsteen can email on your behalf. He only cares about the perceived "celebrity" status that comes with being the "mayor of the THIRD largest city in New Jersey.

  • Raul Ramirez

    some of this dumb ppl driving with their little hondas with summer tires getting stuck and causing traffic for people who are actually prepared for winter.

  • Paterson Resident

    Mr Mayor. If you do not have proof of anyone throwing snow in the street i would love to see how that would plays out in court. Stupid idea.

    • MarquinhoGaucho

      I saw it on Wayne Ave Union Ave and Redwood when I went to go deliver groceries to an elderly relative. People have no place to put the snow so they just throw it back in the street

  • Lazaro Perez

    We need more snow like this… I bet you the amount of nightly murders that Paterson sees has gone down the past two days

  • MarquinhoGaucho

    Thank God I live in South P, my street is clean and salted and Crooks Ave is a County Road so that was in good shape…I feel bad for people with no driveways and have to put old lawn furniture etc to "reserve" their spot n the street..something I never see by my parent's house in Clifton.

    • HankMorgan

      Gloat much?

  • Two eyes on Paterson

    Only the facts please

  • Two eyes on Paterson

    Here are the facts….THE MAYOR,DIRECTOR OF DPW ARE A FKN DISGRACE YES THESE ARE FACTUAL..THIS DISFUNCTIONAL CITY WAITS FOR THE SNOW TO STOP FALLING BEFORE PLOWS ARE SENT OUT…YES THIS IS A FACT….THE MAYOR IS DEF THE WORST MAYOR IN THE HISTORY OF PATERSON ALONG WITH THAT OTHER GUY J..JONES….MAIN ROADS WERE TWO FEET HIGH OF SNOW DURING STORM WHILE SURROUNDING TOWNS WERE DRIVABLE…YES THIS IS A FACT…THE DIRECTOR OF DPW IS A FRKN JOKE AND IS UNACCOUNTABLE AND YES THIS IS A FACT…..IN SO FKN EMBARRASSED TO CALL MYSELF A PATERSONIAN….PLEASE RESURRECT FRANK GRAVES AND SHOW EVERYONE THE QUALITY OF LIFE AND SERVICES THE GREAT PEOPLE OF PATERSON DESERVE…NOT THIS FKN HANDSHAKING SOCIAL MEDIA CLOWN THAT REPRESENTS PATERSON

  • HankMorgan

    The mayor’s incompetent response to this horrendous storm is cruel and sad. The city owes its residents real leadership.

  • HankMorgan

    Anyone else notice the scrolling headlines at the top of the opening screen is not functioning? So annoying! I had to contact Jay personally weeks ago during the same hack. PLEASE FIX!

  • No Ethics

    Then again, he sold out South Paterson and moved to an Eastside mansion. He changed since he became mayor….sad…

    • TK Kirkland

      Ahhh great! He’s neighbors with his Amalek buddies. The ones who wear ALL black with the funny fuzzy hats…You know? The ones you only see AFTER 11pm???

  • TK Kirkland

    Don’t you have better things to do? Like re-enacting Shakespeare in your spandex tights? Get lost chump..

    • HankMorgan

      I own you now, biotch! Time to change your diaper and your profile.
      Btw, I’m just getting started. You are THAT weak.

  • HankMorgan

    Get lost, you idiot.

  • HankMorgan

    You’re stupid.

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