Fifth Ward flashpoint: Torres vs. Tavarez

PATERSON – In a bruising re-election battle, two-term Ward 5 Councilman Juan Torres personally went to the campaign headquarters of challenger Julio Tavarez over the weekend warning his rivals to stay away from his street signs.

"They must be scared," Torres said of the Tavarez campaign.

An ally of Mayor Jose "Joey" Torres, the councilman said that Tavarez partisans removed 14 of his signs in the competitive ward.

Tavarez today was gearing up for his campaign’s "victory rally," where the council candidate intends to prepare his troops to take to the streets tomorrow on Election Day.

"I have no knowledge of my people taking down his signs," Tavarez said. "I do know for a fact that his people are taking down our signs because we have to keep putting them up."

Fifth Ward flashpoint: Torres vs. Tavarez