Paterson mayor, councilman get into altercation over table at PBA fundraiser | Paterson Times

Paterson mayor, councilman get into altercation over table at PBA fundraiser


Mayor Andre Sayegh and his archrival councilman Alex Mendez were involved in an altercation over a table at the Paterson Police Benevolent Association (PBA) fundraiser last weekend.

Sources said the altercation occurred at The Grove in Cedar Grove last Saturday. Sayegh and Mendez were among more than 500 people to attend the police fundraiser.

Sayegh was sitting at table 27 at the event. Mendez was told he was at table 27 as well.

Mendez arrived at and sat at the table. Sayegh told him he had to move. Mendez said he sent his friend Omar Ledesma to double check if he was at the correct table.

“If it’s your table, I’ll move. If it’s my table, you have to get your table,” Mendez recalled saying. “He [Sayegh] told me, oh no, you got to move now, it’s my table. He started raising his voice, ‘You’re going to jail. You’re going to jail.’”

Three sources, not associated with either belligerent party, said the episode was embarrassing. One city official walked away as the scene unfolded out of embarrassment.

“It was a misunderstanding. He happened to use some vulgar language and I just had to remind him he is facing criminal charges,” said Sayegh. “Someone facing criminal charges shouldn’t be so obscene with the language.” Mendez has been indicted on election fraud charges, but has denied the charges.

Sayegh said Mendez used the f-word and the a-word.

“I don’t recall using that,” said Mendez. “I don’t recall cursing at him.”

Mendez said Sayegh tried to “intimidate” him. He said Sayegh tried to provoke him. Both men denied the episode the was escalating into a physical confrontation.

Turned out Sayegh was sitting at the wrong table. Sayegh said he was never given a table number. Mendez said the woman, who directed people to their tables, appeared as the dispute unfolded, and told Sayegh he was at table 25.

“You’re loser. You don’t even know where you are sitting. That’s how lost you are,” said Mendez of Sayegh. “He looked like a fool because he had to move to a table on the other side.”

Mendez said the venue was packed and had as many as 700 people last Saturday night.

Mendez and Sayegh battled each other for the mayor’s seat in 2018. Both men are expected to face each other in the 2022 mayoral race.

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  • Unc

    Sayegh is a loser


      So is Mendez.

  • Paterson Resident

    Lol @, "that's how lost you are"

  • MarquinhoGaucho

    Thank God I left Paterson


      Aren't you the clown always going on about how great the Paterson school system is lmfao

      • HankMorgan

        Get a life OBGYN.

        • OBED SANTOS

          Ah go get your booster shot and bring your momma with you, you like your own posts you clown

      • MarquinhoGaucho

        The kids who want to learn, LEARN. They get good jobs and leave Paterson like all my friends did and myself . It's the losers who did bad and cannot get a living wage job or get a city job because they're related to someone who stay. If I stayed my property taxes would have gone up 27% in 3 years thanks to the charter schools, who have corrupt BOE members in their pockets.

  • J. Brown.

    Bringing the Hood. To the Burbs.


    LOL how dumb are the voters in Paterson?

    • Resident41

      Problem is that 90% of the people living in the city live on government aid so city officials feel like they really don’t have to do anything. Best option is to go live somewhere else if you want to raise a family.


        True indeed.

  • Resident41

    That’s quite embarrassing. You would think that he being the mayor he would be more humble.

  • Javi Chino Vargas

    What a joke,like we Patersonians care about this two clowns ,,