Sayegh Prevails in Hard-Fought Paterson Ward 6 Council Race

Sayegh and his wife celebrate at campaign headquarters.

Sayegh and his wife celebrate at campaign headquarters.

PATERSON – In a classic, door-to-door election, incumbent Ward 6 Councilman Andre Sayegh tonight defeated tough challenger Al Abdel-Aziz to earn a third four-year term in office.

Early totals showed Sayegh crushing his rival in a handful of districts to offset Abdel-Aziz’s VBM advantages for about a 350-400 vote margin of victory.

That’s unofficial.

“Thank you, everyone. I hope you enjoyed the experience,” Sayegh told an army of young paid canvassers at his headquarters here on 21st Avenue.

It was a sweaty election for Sayegh, who showed visible signs earlier today of having his back to the wall under the pressure of Mayor Jose “Joey” Torres, who wanted his bitter nemesis eradicated from the local political landscape.

In the end, Sayegh prevailed.