Owner of bus company in Paterson wants to sue the city

Norberto Curitomai, the owner of Spanish Transportation in Paterson, says he is going to sue the city. Curitomai says he was offended when Councilwoman Vera Ames referred to jitney buses as cockroaches.

Ames says she hears from residents who complain jitney buses cause too many traffic jams. She also questioned if the companies have the proper insurance. Curitomai says his company, which operates 120 buses in Paterson, provides a cheaper alternative to New Jersey Transit. He adds he has all the proper permits and insurance to operate in the city.

The mayor said since Spanish Transportation is the citys largest bus company, it may have been wrongly singled out. According to the mayor, the city is having a problem with buses in general based on the number of tickets police have issued daily.

The mayor said he would like to sit down with bus company owners to talk about solutions to the ongoing problems. Curitomai said he would consider dropping the lawsuit if a public apology is issued.

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