Paterson fire chief allegedly had father’s car repaired at city garage, says councilman | Paterson Times

Paterson fire chief allegedly had father’s car repaired at city garage, says councilman


Fire chief Brian McDermott allegedly had his father’s car repaired at a fire department run garage, according to a series of claims made by councilman Michael Jackson. But mayor Andre Sayegh claims there was no wrongdoing by the fire chief.

Jackson made those allegations in a Facebook post last Thursday.

“This is the highest paid employee of the city, who makes $260k a year, has a city supplied vehicle, yet has to have his fathers personal vehicle worked on at tax payers expense!” wrote Jackson in the social media post.

Jackson included images of a black Toyota Tacoma with license plates KSG-38F being worked on by a city employee.

Sayegh said his administration had an outside law firm investigate the allegations after getting a complaint on November 24, 2021.

“The investigation was completed on Jan. 12, and revealed no wrongdoing,” Sayegh told the Paterson Press, which first reported on the allegations. Outside law firm, Florio, Kenny, Raval, handled the investigation.

It’s not clear if the Sayegh administered alerted authorities to the allegations. Sayegh’s law director Aymen Aboushi gave an evasive answer to the Press. His predecessors have publicly stated, in some high-profile cases, when a matter has been referred to law enforcement.

Jackson compared the fire chief’s situation to convicted former mayor Jose “Joey” Torres using city workers to handle renovation at a building leased by his family. Torres served prison time for his actions.

Some members of the City Council were told about the findings. However, council members said they were never provided a copy of the investigation report. Jackson said he intends to demand to see the investigation report.

Neither Sayegh nor McDermott responded to requests for comments on Tuesday morning.

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  • Unc

    Maybe it was done on their Lunch time, and the Chief paid them out of his pocket? When I worked in the shop I worked on a lot of Vehicles on lunch and before and after work. Nothing to see here, Big Mac is a great guy. I'd love to know who took the pic?

    • me

      Its only ok for them to investigate someone not liked. Maybe former mayor did the same. Not many like Paterson's current mayor

    • TK Kirkland

      Just….Shut up. Thanks!

      • Unc

        lol You're Welcome

      • Unc

        Facts Hurt

  • Resident41

    The true crime here is that they spent time and resources investigating something so petty. That right there is a embarrassment. Sure he is not supposed to do that but wasting resources to look into that is not right ether.

    • me

      But ok for them to do it for the former mayor. If it is not supposed to be done nothing is a waist.

    • TK Kirkland

      I beg to differ. He needs to be outed like Joey Torres. I’ll be watching closely…

  • John

    Am sure some hating racist of whites trying to screw the only white left in fire dept. Be careful chief, many many racist that hates whites in Paterson.

    • me

      Many racist hates blacks all over..so what's the point of that statement. Remember where it all started ok

  • baggman744

    I'm not saying he's guilty, but this is New Jersey. Grift is SOP (standard operating procedure), and it should always be investigated because from the taxpayer is especially egregious.

    • TK Kirkland

      Most legit post here (thus far)

    • Resident41

      The old man probably ask someone to check if his truck needed oil and for that the city is goin to spend $20k on a investigation lol. Paterson problem is that they have a bunch of lazy a$$ collecting paychecks and who don’t do a darn thing.

      • me

        so what was the problem with joey doing what he did.. since no one is seeing that this is a problem

        • Resident41

          Listen, I love joe and would still vote for him. But having people doing sheet rock at your house while on the city clock is not the same as this.

          • me

            no crime or wrong doing is ever the same..

      • Ablej

        We can thank the developers like florio who build luxury apartments In paterson with tax ebatments make millions. Then they get turned to section 8 and make more millions. He loves paterson you know

  • disqus_qeKVfrd7O3

    if you cancel him the city would have to pay a few millions. Its cheaper to keep him until he retires with a nice pension.

  • disqus_qeKVfrd7O3

    I am sure the mechanic was bragging about who's car he was fixing. Michael Jackson for Mayor

  • Javi Chino Vargas

    Why so many people mad in this platform,you now Paterson is one of the must corrupted city in America or prove me wrong