Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Paterson Council Criticizes Ot Costs for Parade

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Paterson Council Criticizes Ot Costs for Parade

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PATERSON - The city spent $106,000 on police overtime during the annual Dominican parade and festival last month, prompting some officials to call for a more detailed accounting of the expenses.

"We seem to have become a blank check," Councilman William McKoy said during Tuesday night's council workshop meeting.

Discussion of the police overtime arose as the council voted to approve the weekly payment of city bills. McKoy and several colleagues demanded information on how many officers worked the event, how many normally work on a Sunday and how much money the parade's organizers contributed for public safety during the event.

"I think there's a racket going on with this overtime," McKoy said.

Glenn Brown, city police director, said in an interview Wednesday that the city spent less on overtime for the 2013 parade than it has in previous years when the bill ran as high as $140,000. Brown said the Police Department called in significantly fewer officers for this year's parade than in the past, when as many 145 were deployed. …

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