PATERSON - Leaders in Paterson are calling on the state to declare an official 'state of emergency' because of a spike in violent crimes recently.

By declaring an official state of emergency, the city would receive emergency funds to increase public safety and city programs.

Some city leaders call the move 'premature,' saying it sensationalizes the issue. Supporters of the state of emergency plan say the extra help is necessary to ensure the safety of Paterson residents.

An official vote on the state of emergency resolution will take place on Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. at Paterson City Hall.