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Paterson councilman Jackson postpones restaurant re-opening after failing to gain health, fire approvals


Councilman Michael Jackson has been forced to postpone the grand re-opening of his Jacksonville Restaurant after failing to secure health and fire approvals.

Jackson had secured City Council approval for an entertainment license on Tuesday night. However, the approval was conditional and required him to produce proof of certificate of occupancy (CO), health and fire inspections.

“Some of the professionals did not finish some of the things that needed to be done,” said Jackson on Saturday morning. “We’re just going to postpone our opening. We’re going to reschedule.”

Jackson had scheduled the grand opening for December 19.

Jackson blamed mayor Andre Sayegh alleging the mayor hindered him from obtaining the needed approvals.

“The mayor with his antics was getting in the way,” said Jackson.

Sayegh did not respond to calls for comment.

Jackson had a difficult time getting a copy of his certificate of occupancy for his restaurant at 325 Grand Street. His copy was damaged or destroyed after his office was flooded, so he attempted to locate a copy at the building department. He said construction official Gennaro “Jerry” Lobozzo’s assistant told him he does not have a CO and never had one. He was also told he had thousands in outstanding fees. He said he spent much of his time trying to locate the documents and receipts.

“Few days later they miraculously found the documents,” said Jackson.

Jackson said he spent tens of thousands of dollars in booking performers for the grand re-opening. He has a fire inspection scheduled for Tuesday. It’s not clear if he has a health inspection date.

“I don’t want to get into the, ‘Guess what he doesn’t have this,’” said Jackson. He hopes to obtain all the required approvals prior to reopening his business which has been closed for years.

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    This clown is so corrupt he makes Senile Joe look like an altar boy. Hopefully he'll go to prison soon for election fraud.

  • John

    Spent ten of thousands? I guess he's making big money? How much inbtaxes is he paying? Democrats always want government to give away more then what they have but at the same time Democrats who preach this don't want to pay their required 40% tax bite

    • Mike Corleone

      I don't think they really give 2 craps about money. I can give you tons of examples of wasteful spending that's actually getting worse from day to day that no one has even the slightest desire to bicker with.
      When you look into the future where do you see the world going?

  • Paterson Resident

    Jackson is a disgrace!