PATERSON - Paterson Mayor Jeffery Jones walked out of a city council meeting last night held to discuss overtime paid to the mayor and others during Hurricane Irene who apparently weren't eligible for overtime pay.
The state Community Affairs Department, which oversees Paterson's budget, ordered Jones and top officials to return $50,861 after the overtime payments were reportedly uncovered last month. As salaried employees, they're not eligible for overtime.
Jones told News 12 New Jersey last night he'll be happy to cooperate with the council, but he needs more time to prepare. He's calling for the hearings to resume on Oct. 31.
Some members of the city council are pushing to pursue obstruction of justice charges against the mayor for walking out last night. The council has agreed to continue its hearing on Oct. 20 at 8 p.m.
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