Paterson councilman Velez’s wife gets job at Passaic Valley Water Commission | Paterson Times

Paterson councilman Velez’s wife gets job at Passaic Valley Water Commission

Luis Velez, 5th Ward councilman.

Councilman Luis Velez’s wife was hired at the Passaic Valley Water Commission late last year, according to public records.

Velez’s wife, Ramona Sanchez, who is known to local leaders as “Evelyn Sanchez,” was hired as a “keyboarding clerk” for $38,000 in September 2020. She was assigned to the lab, according to public records.

Sanchez’s resume shows she previously — from 2018 to 2020 — worked as a home school community liaison at the Paterson school district. Her name appears on the district’s payroll records, but lists a salary of “0” for that period.

“She applied and she went through the process,” said Velez.

Before his wife was hired at the Passaic Valley Water Commission, Velez had been publicly complaining about not having health insurance. Velez would be able to obtain coverage through his wife’s employer, according to sources.

Velez was also aggressively criticizing mayor Andre Sayegh.  Sources said Sayegh, through councilwoman Ruby Cotton, whom the mayor appointed to the commission’s board last year, facilitated the hiring of Velez’s wife.

“I had nothing to do with it,” said Cotton.

Sayegh did not respond to call for comment for this story.

Velez was one of the mayor’s strongest defenders last week when the City Council debated a no-confidence measure against Sayegh for his numerous failures.

Some council members privately attributed Velez’s defense of the mayor to the hiring of his wife at the water commission.

“One thing has nothing to do with the other,” said Velez when asked if the hiring is influencing his position on the mayor. “They are thinking like that because they have weak minds.”

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Updated 8:20 p.m.

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    LMFAO one thing has nothing to do with the other my ass. Paterson voters are so stupid that they probably believe it though.

  • HankMorgan

    This entire administration has always been nakedly, openly and obviously corrupt.

  • DEE

    Corrupt as always!! It cant be any more clear! This needs to be investigated.

  • J. Brown.

    Vote for s***t. Paterson and you get s**t.

    • No Ethics

      Vote for $hit! Vote for $hit! (Oh wait, I thought that was a campaign chant)

      J. Brown, you are 100% correct!

  • WakeUpPaterson

    This is why they table the no confidence against the Mayor. Lets wait to see what the others got, we might find out or we night not. Tax Payers your money is being given out like candy while you break your backs

  • basil fomme

    And the beat goes on. How the hell do these corrupt thieves look them selves in the mirror and not get disgusted at what they see?

  • No Ethics
  • John

    What's wrong with this? Democrat and Republican senators and congress men all makes under 200k per year, but yet all of the establishment ones ones have a net worth of tens of millions of dollars. Trump went against that and even at the hint of banning this behavior all Democrats and many Republicans went against Trump. The swamp was too big for Trump. Hispanic Democrats for Trump

  • John

    Keep on voting Democrats in. Don't worry Democrats are for us minorities. Wink wink