PATERSON – On a tour of North Jersey, State Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) met on Tuesday with Paterson Mayor Jose “Joey” Torres and State Senator Nellie Pou (D-35) to discuss the future of Paterson.
“I appreciate the mayor taking the time to meet with me and discuss how the state can best be helpful to Paterson,” said Sweeney, South Jersey’s most prominent politician and a potential Democratic gubernatorial candidate, explaining the reason for his most recent trip to North Jersey. “Paterson is a great city with a rich history. There is no reason that, working together, we cannot tackle many of the issues it is facing today. I look forward to working with Mayor Torres and Senator Pou to help Paterson realize its full potential.”
“The future of Paterson is one of optimism and hope. But we cannot achieve our goals of a thriving city without help from our leaders in Trenton,” said Torres, who was sworn in for his second turn as Paterson’s mayor last week. “Senate President Sweeney, Senator Pou and I had a productive discussion. I appreciate his interest in the city of Paterson and willingness to help.”
“Paterson faces many challenges looking ahead. We have to create good paying jobs that put our residents back to work, while also creating a brighter future for the city’s children. These goals are attainable, as long as we all work together for the greater good,” said Pou. “I believe Senate President Sweeney shares those goals and appreciate his traveling to Paterson to have this discussion.”