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.
A grand jury has indicted Shelim Khalique – brother of City Council president Shahin Khalique – for using unqualified school bus drivers and failing to pay tens of thousands of dollars in toll, according to the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office.
City Council president Shahin Khalique’s two brothers were arrested on Tuesday for allegedly employing unqualified drivers to transport students and lying to school districts to secure busing contracts.
Members of the City Council picked Shahin Khalique to serve as the president of the governing body for the next year.
Former councilman Aslon Goow, who is running for mayor, received the endorsement of his once archrival ex-councilman Mohammed Akhtaruzzaman.
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.
Councilman Alex Mendez’s election fraud case won’t be resolved prior to the May municipal elections.