First Arab-American sworn in as Paterson mayor

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Paterson has a new mayor less than one year after former Mayor Joey Torres pleaded guilty to corruption charges.

Congressman Bill Pascrell swore in Andre Sayegh as mayor on Sunday as the first Arab-American elected to the post.

Andre Sayegh served as Paterson’s 6th Ward councilman for the past decade.

As News 12 New Jersey previously reported, Torres pleaded guilty in September to corruption charges, forcing him to resign as Paterson’s mayor. He pleaded guilty to second-degree conspiracy after months of saying he was innocent.

MORE: Ex-Paterson Mayor Joey Torres receives 5-year prison sentence

“We are one Paterson,” says Sayegh. “Even though we are six wards, we are one Paterson, even though we are 72 different ethnic groups, we are one Paterson…”

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