Paterson, New Jersey, mayor facing corruption charges

Paterson, New Jersey, mayor facing corruption charges

PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey authorities say Paterson's mayor and three supervisors in the city's public works department are facing corruption charges.

Attorney General Christopher Porrino announced the charges Tuesday afternoon. He said more details would be made public at a news conference later in the day.

Mayor Jose "Joey" Torres' office had no immediate comment, but says a statement may be issued later.

Torres, the first Hispanic mayor of Paterson, won his first term in 2002 as a Democrat and was re-elected in 2006. He lost another re-election bid in 2010 but won the office again in 2014, running as an independent.

He has been the focus of a state investigation for the past year involving work that city public works employees allegedly did at his home while being paid overtime.

Paterson, New Jersey's third-largest city, is a few miles from New York City.

Updated : 2021-02-27 21:27 GMT+08:00