PATERSON - People gathered in Paterson Sunday night to hold a peace rally after a particularly violent year.

Over the past year, there has been more than a dozen murders and a slew of shootings. On Tuesday, the city council is expected to vote on a proposed resolution asking Gov. Christie to declare a state of emergency.

Council president Anthony Davis said he is pushing for the declaration because the city lost almost 90 police officers due to layoffs.

While some of Davis' fellow councilmembers agree with the idea, others say they should think of different ways to increase the police's presence on the streets.

Christie has yet to comment on the proposed state of emergency.

Officials' concerns grow amid increase of violence across NJPaterson city leaders want official 'state of emergency' declared