Ex-Paterson mayor Torres stole from taxpayers, but tried to sow doubts at sentencing

Mayor Jose “Joey” Torres stole from the poor families that pay thousands of dollars in property taxes every year by using on-duty public works employees to renovate a warehouse leased by his daughter and nephew. However, at sentencing, Torres’ attorneys attempted to downplay this narrative.

Torres’ attorneys argued the disgraced mayor told public works supervisors to place the expenses incurred in renovating the warehouse at 82 East 15th Street under board up expenses. Torres’ daughter Clarissa Torres and nephew Manuel Torres leased the warehouse to open a beer distribution facility.

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Source: Paterson Times

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