Passaic County Building and Construction Trades Council backs Sayegh in Paterson Mayor’s race

The Passaic County Building and Construction Trades Council today endorsed Andre Sayegh for Mayor citing his effective leadership, efforts to combat crime, and promotion of business and overall economic development in the City of Paterson.

“Our members and leadership endorse Andre Sayegh for Mayor because he understands what it will really take to move Paterson forward,” said Mark Roche, President of the Passaic County Building and Construction Trades Council.  “For many years, labor has had no place in Paterson.  As the third largest city in New Jersey and thirteen miles away from New York City, Paterson should be vibrant and growing.  Instead it’s been a city in decline with crime skyrocketing.  Mr. Sayegh has a real plan for growth, which includes crime prevention, effective business development, and bringing in needed investment.  We are confident in his abilities and leadership and look forward to working with him to build a better Paterson.”

As Sixth Ward Councilman and current Council President, Sayegh spearheaded the creation of Special Improvement Districts (SIDs) in various parts of Paterson in critical need of development, and has recently released a crime prevention plan detailing seven essential and effective initiatives to drive out crime in the city.

Sayegh thanked the Passaic County Building and Construction Trades for their endorsement.

“I want to humbly thank the Passaic County Building and Construction Trades for endorsing my candidacy today,” Sayegh said.  “I believe that labor is an essential piece of the puzzle in our economic development efforts for Paterson.  For twelve years, tried and true practices for development have been neglected by those sitting in the Mayor’s office for Paterson and I look forward to promoting a positive partnership.  This neglect has set us back considerably and we can’t afford to go this route anymore.  The wrong priorities have produced stagnation, rather than growth.  And the escalating crime, with four murdered on our streets in the past week, is simply unacceptable.  Fighting crime throughout the city with measures that have already proven effective in the sixth ward is the first step in moving our city forward.  We are one people with one purpose for one Paterson and we can and will do better.”

The Passaic County Building and Construction Trades Council consists of 19 different skilled construction trades. Founded in 1920, the council represents hundreds of skilled trade people that live and work in Passaic County. Together working with federal, state, and local officials, the Passaic County Building Trades works to protect the safety and integrity of each construction project taking place in Passaic County.

Passaic County Building and Construction Trades Council backs Sayegh in Paterson Mayor’s race