Developer slams Mendez for accepting Torres endorsement in Paterson mayoral race | Paterson Times

Developer slams Mendez for accepting Torres endorsement in Paterson mayoral race


Prominent developer Charles Florio slammed councilman Alex Mendez for accepting an endorsement from convicted mayor Jose “Joey” Torres.

“Alex Mendez talks about fighting crime, cleaning streets, and most importantly lowering taxes. Yet celebrates and takes an endorsement from a mayor who stole from the tax payers? Not every endorsement is a good endorsement and Paterson voters are not stupid,” said Florio on Monday morning.

Torres, who was sentenced to prison for using public works employees to renovate a private warehouse, endorsed Mendez on Sunday night. He said Mendez is the best candidate to hire more police officer to reduce crime.

Murders reached a 30-year high under incumbent mayor Andre Sayegh.

Mendez dismissed Florio’s criticism.

“I don’t look at it that way. Mayor Torres made his mistake and paid for it. He still has a lot of Patersonians that respect and love him,” said Mendez. He said he spoke to hundreds of residents while on the campaign trail over the past weeks. Mendez said many voters told him, “We were better before. We’re living in the worst time in Paterson.” He said they were referring to the Torres years.

Mendez said he appreciated the former mayor’s endorsement. He said he does not know what Florio’s motivation is in the mayoral race.

Florio has openly backed Sayegh for mayor.

“I respect his opinion,” said Mendez speaking of Florio. “I feel very happy with mayor Torres’ support.”

Torres, a former three-term mayor, remains popular in Paterson. His endorsement is likely to be the most consequential in the mayoral race. His endorsement on Sunday has led to the Sayegh campaign scrambling to secure their own endorsements, according to sources.

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  • Resident41

    So according to him the enemy shot himself in the foot by accepting Joey endorsement and he is really upset Lmao. Alex alone has a slim shot of winning but with Torres on his side he will win no doubt. As a business owner myself all I can say to Mr. Florio, not that he needs any advice is never put all your eggs in one basket.

  • Virginia Wright

    Why is Mr. Florio's opinion so important?

    • disqus_qeKVfrd7O3

      because he owns 5000 apartments in the city and counting, and has a lot of cash.

      • Virginia Wright

        Probably. It seems like he's buying Paterson one lot at a time.

        • disqus_qeKVfrd7O3

          If they sell it to him and few other guys they will. I dont think thats a problem though because they are making a lot of nice buildings. The rent is very high but the apartments are very nice. I just wish the city would pay more attention to the roads and cleaning and maintain our city. We have so much trash everywhere, home owners need to do a better job keeping the front of their homes clean. We are going to get this right one day the question is when?

          • John

            U sound confused bro.

  • MarquinhoGaucho

    Mendez also the the endorsements of Ghislaine Maxwell, Harvey Weinstein , El Chapo Guzman and the Unabomber

    • J. Brown.

      And the sexual predator that sits on the school board.

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  • disqus_qeKVfrd7O3

    This is the way politics are, but I wish that Mendez would focus on his campaign and what can he do to improve the city. Every election is the same, bashing the other guy. Tell the people what you going to do, how you going to do it and show them your plans for the city.

  • John

    Shame that these new buildings are paying Parerson $0 taxes. Who's really robbing Paterson. Once taxes do kick in Florio will be way gone and laughing to the bank.

  • John

    Florio benefits highly by state of federal tax payers who pay for these tenants to live in his buildings. Good for him making money. Problem is all these new buildings are tax abated meaning Florio pays $0 taxes to Paterson. This is crippling Paterson.

  • John

    How many community centers and schools has Florio built for free for Paterson? ZERO. Yet his tax free buildings have put a strain into Paterson. All us tax payers are paying for this while Florio pays nothing. Wake up stupid Patersonians

  • John

    100% of Muslims will vote for this Myslim mayor simply because he is Muslim. If thus mayors record was out in place he would get a fat F. Non Muslims unite and don't let trickery Musliminary trick you.

  • John

    In s civilized smart society no one would vote for a record such as this Mayor has been able to accomplish