On the entrance strains with Paterson’s COVID-19 response unit on Thursday, April 17, 2020.
PATERSON – Passaic County Freeholder Theodore “T.J.” Finest known as Paterson Mayor Andre Sayegh a “slimy coward” and “a punk” in a social media publish Thursday evening in response to feedback the mayor made on nationwide tv concerning the metropolis’s dealing with of the COVID-19 disaster.
In an interview on MSNBC, Sayegh asserted that Paterson’s well being division helped comprise the unfold of the virus via its contact-tracing efforts.
Sayegh mentioned the town’s information officer in March had projected that Paterson would have eight,000 residents contaminated with the virus by April 15. As an alternative, the mayor mentioned Paterson had 2,500 instances by that date.
“It may have been far worse,” the mayor mentioned through the nationwide cable tv interview.
Finest, a Paterson resident, then posted on his Fb web page: “Did he actually simply say Paterson solely has 2,500 constructive instances of Covid19? Final time I checked it was 6,000 confirmed with an estimated true variety of 15,000 utilizing most fashions.”
Then he added one other publish attacking Sayegh, with whom he has a strained, virtually hateful relationship.
“Correction, the mayor of the town of Paterson Andre Sayegh is a self serving, credit score searching for slimy coward,” Finest posted. “As a result of we face a pandemic I’ve tried my greatest to not be too important or let my private emotions get entangled. The reality is Andre Sayegh is a punk, he’ll do or any [sic] something to serve himself.”
In some unspecified time in the future over evening, Finest’s second publish attacking the mayor was taken down from his Fb web page, however the first one questioning the mayor’s statistics remained in place within the morning.
Finest didn’t reply to a message searching for his touch upon Thursday evening. Sayegh issued a short assertion: “These feedback have been very unlucky, unprofessional, and unbecoming of a public official.”
The long-running animosity between the 2 males stems from an incident unrelated to their political or authorities roles. They by no means made a secret of their enmity towards one another, however individuals who know them mentioned it by no means present itself in such a public method because it did Thursday evening.
Finest has been a freeholder since 2011 and previous to that he served on the Paterson college board. Finest labored as an administrator for the Paterson college district for about seven years, leaving in 2019 to take a job with the state training division monitoring the transition to native management of metropolis faculties.
Sayegh was elected mayor in 2018. Earlier than that, he served 10 years as metropolis councilman and in addition had been on the Paterson college board.
Phrase of Finest’s assault on Sayegh unfold like a wildfire via Paterson’s political and group management circles and rapidly prompted quite a few feedback on social media.
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