Councilman Alex Mendez, who is under indictment for election and voter fraud charges, has been picked to serve as president of the City Council in Paterson.
Members of the City Council picked Shahin Khalique to serve as the president of the governing body for the next year.
Mayor Andre Sayegh was sworn in for his second term as mayor in an inauguration ceremony on Friday afternoon.
Incumbent councilwomen Lilisa Mimms and Maritza Davila successfully won re-election in Tuesday’s municipal elections. Challenger Forid Uddin, who ran for public office for the first time, also captured an at-large council seat.
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.
The city’s voters will decide who holds the mayor’s office and three at-large City Council seats today.
Mayor Andre Sayegh’s administration awarded a $288,000 grant writing contract to a firm owned by a man who helped him get elected four years ago.