State Sen. Nellie Pou (D-Paterson) isn’t yet sure whether Paterson’s incoming mayor will keep her on as the city’s business administrator.
“I think my position as business administrator, with any administration, is really up to the mayor. I certainly know that the Mayor-elect Sayegh will at some point begin his discussion or thought about his full administration,” Pou said. “It’s two or three days from the election. Those conversations have not happened.”
Mayor-elect Andre Sayegh on Tuesday won election by wide margins, taking 41% of the vote. The closest of his competitors, city Councilman Alex Mendez, won only 21% of the vote, securing more than half as many votes as Sayegh.
Sayegh moves into his term with considerable support from Paterson’s political players, including Passaic County Democratic Chairman John Currie, Assemblyman Benjie Wimberly and multiple labor unions.
It’s possible there are some hard feelings left over from 2014, when Sayegh lost to former Paterson Mayor Jose “Joey” Torres. Pou was a close ally of Torres, who last year was convicted of corruption.
Still, Pou has worked in Paterson’s local government for close to 36 years, and is not without local support.
“Paterson is certainly very important to me, and I would want to do anything and everything in my power to help the mayor moving forward to do a great job in whatever way and in whatever capacity,” Pou said. “In my Senate capacity, Paterson is a priority for me, and I will continue to work as I have been with all the previous mayors in office.”