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Sayegh declares victory in Paterson mayoral race


Incumbent mayor Andre Sayegh is leading in the Paterson mayoral race as ballots continue to be counted. However, Sayegh’s campaign declared victory on Tuesday night at the Brownstone House.

Sayegh was introduced by his close ally councilman Al Abdelaziz as having secured a second four-year term.

“Paterson. There’s no substitute for hard work. For the last four years, we’ve worked really hard,” said Sayegh in a speech.

Sayegh’s opponents argued crime, taxes, and sewer fees went up under the incumbent’s watch. He also failed to provide consistent basic services such as street cleaning, recycling, and garbage pick up, they argued in the campaign trail.

Sayegh’s team declared victory even before the ballots could be fully counted.

“He is misleading the public,” said councilman Alex Mendez, who is Sayegh’s leading rival in the race. He said Sayegh’s victory declaration is “premature.” There were rumors Mendez’s team had also declared victory; however, Mendez said he has not declared victory.

“I’m being responsible. I’m waiting for the results,” said Mendez. He said just 25 percent of the votes have been counted.

Mendez said he is at City Hall waiting for the City Clerk to release the election results. Officials were still tallying the results as of late Tuesday night.

Numbers released by election officials shows Sayegh with 6,551 votes and Mendez with 3,541. Aslan Goow received 1,316 votes, Luis Velez, 580, and Michael Jackson, 1,442 votes.

In the City Council at-large race, incumbents Maritza Davila and Lilisa Mimms are leading. Newcomer Forid Uddin is leading in third place.

There are three at-large seats that are being contested by ten candidates.

Mario Rondon contributed reporting. Updated 5/11/2022 at 8:30 a.m.

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  • J. Brown.

    Whomever wins Paterson loses.

    • MarquinhoGaucho

      Sayegh has been mute on the Charters raping the taxpayers, they have zero accountability . The Gulen charters pay their turkish teachers more and force them to pay a kickback called a "tuzuk" which they use to finance terrorism in Turkey

  • November is coming

    "when you don't like soup,but you ate 2 bowls"…"Paterson,, the must corrupt city in America"

  • Resident41

    As expected, Paterson is one of the dirtiest city in the state and sometimes driving thru it you think you’re in a 3rd world country. People that live here don’t want to move away from that, they don’t want someone to come in and be tuff on crime or want to enforce laws. If you want to raise a family and live a peaceful life paterson is not for you.

  • MarquinhoGaucho

    250,000 residents and only around 4,000 votes??

  • John

    6000k Patersonian dummies voted for him. Highest shooting, highest murders, highest taxes, depleting infrastructure, no new bldgs pay taxes. Wake up dummies

    • Resident41

      Yeah but you have to keep in mind that the city is full of awful people who don’t work and don’t pay taxes and live on a life of crime. Those people want to keep living the same exact way. Andre is the best candidate for them in reality as he will keep them living the same and turn a blind eye.

    • MarquinhoGaucho

      But if you go to the 6th Ward where is base is, it is one of the nicest area…there is development, and is very safe..only part on the up and up. Meanwhile go to the 4th ward , same as it ever was, homeless, crime, drugs