Sayegh Wins Reelection in Paterson
Paterson Mayor Andre Sayegh tonight won reelection to a second term as the elected leader of Silk City.
In a low turnout election, Sayegh defeated Third Ward Councilman Alex Mendez, former Second Ward Councilman Aslon Goow, Councilman Mike Jackson and Councilman Luis Velez.
Sayegh won by a comfortable margin, defeating two councilman under indictment (Mendez) and (Jackson) amid some quiet hand-wringing about ethnic politics propelling Mendez.
The mayor’s victory makes him the first Paterson chief executive to win a second consecutive term since Jose “Joey” Torres did it back in 2006.
Sayegh is also the first mayor in 50 years to garner (almost) 50% of the vote – with the exception of U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, who as mayor won 51.4 percent of the vote.
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