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Paterson spent almost $184,000 on emergency snow removal

By Jayed Rahman
Published: March 17, 2021


Mayor Andre Sayegh’s administration spent $183,825 on two private contractors to handle snow removal after the early February snowstorm that dropped two feet of snow.

Days after the storm many Paterson streets were impassable. “Snow accumulation resulted in an emergency condition” that required the Sayegh administration to bring in outside help, according to a payment measure.

Little Ferry-based Doing It Right Technologies is owed $127,950 and Wayne-based Vecharello Contracting is owed $55,875. Both companies assisted in clearing the roadways.

Public works director William “Billy” Rodriguez said Vecharello Contracting provided the city with pay loaders. Doing It Right Technologies provided tri axle trucks which were used to haul the snow away, he said.

Residents blasted Sayegh and his administration for failing to plow the roadways and make them passable days after the storm.

Council members wanted to see the scope of work for both companies.

Councilman Alex Mendez wanted the administration to provide documents that show which parts of the city received services through the firms. Some have claimed the contractors were used to clear roadways in the 6th Ward at the expense of other parts of the city.

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