Paterson Mayor Jose ‘Joey’ Torres turns himself in to face corruption charges

Paterson Mayor Jose 'Joey

Paterson Mayor Jose 'Joey" Torres turned himself in to state police to face corruption charges. (3/13/17)

PATERSON - Paterson’s mayor turned himself in this morning on corruption charges.

Paterson Mayor Jose "Joey" Torres walked into the state police barracks in Totowa Monday morning and remained inside for more than an hour. He then left without speaking to reporters.

Torres' lawyer, John Azzarello, reaffirmed Monday that the 58-year-old mayor won't resign. He said his client would plead not guilty.

Torres and three public works employees are charged with conspiring to have city employees work overtime at a private warehouse leased by the mayor's family. The four face numerous counts, including official misconduct and theft.

Torres won his first term in 2002 as a Democrat and was re-elected in 2006. He lost another re-election bid in 2010 but won the office again in 2014, running as an independent.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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