Incumbents Michael Jackson, Shahin Khalique, Ruby Cotton, Luis Velez, and Al Abdelaziz won re-election in the City Council elections on Tuesday night.
New Jersey health officials published rules that prohibit open-casket funerals because of the coronavirus pandemic. But that didn’t stop a Paterson funeral home from hosting an open-casket ceremony for a deceased former councilman earlier in the month.
Early results in the six Paterson ward elections has Michael Jackson, Shahin Khalique, Alex Mendez, Ruby Cotton, and Luis Velez leading.
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.
After facing nearly two years of opposition from a critical City Council, mayor Andre Sayegh is attempting to change the make up of the governing body.
Recognizing the financial hardship caused by the new coronavirus pandemic, City Council members on Saturday approved a measure to waive late fees on sewer and tax payments.