Running coronavirus testing sites for residents has been a struggle for mayor Andre Sayegh’s administration. Over the past two weeks, the city has changed two companies that were running the four test sites. A third company recently took over operations of the four sites, officials revealed on Tuesday night.
Councilman Shahin Khalique secured re-election on Tuesday night and held a celebration at his packed campaign headquarters amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Incumbent Shahin Khalique fended off a challenge from his arch rival former councilman Mohammed Akhtaruzzaman by a razor thin margin of eight votes in the City Council ward elections.
Mayor Andre Sayegh announced four coronavirus testing sites will open on Friday, but his administration did not have an approved contract with the vendor expected to run the sites, officials revealed on Thursday night under questioning from City Council members.
The number of people tested positive for the new coronavirus in Paterson increased by 38 to 5,650 while the number of fatalities from Covid-19 increased by one to 270 on Monday afternoon, according to municipal government data.
Mayor Andre Sayegh’s administration is attempting to award a $60,000 contract to Millennium Strategies of Morristown, a company owned by Ed Farmer, one of the mayor’s longtime political allies, to submit paperwork to the federal government to secure disaster recovery funding related to the coronavirus pandemic.
Under lockdown because of the coronavirus pandemic, thousands of Paterson residents have begun casting their votes via mail-in ballots in six City Council races.