North Letter: Liquor sales ordinance adds layer of safety

Regarding “Paterson awaits possible lawsuit after setting new hours for liquor store sales” ( July 26):

At our last meeting, the City Council unanimously adopted an ordinance that will prohibit liquor stores from selling beer and wine between 10 p.m. and 10 a.m. Our hope is that the aforementioned measure will help us drive down crime, similar to the way the Commercial Curfew ordinance has done for the past three years.

Paterson’s economic resurgence is predicated on improving public safety. Our city must be safer before it can become stronger.

The city’s 6th Ward is a prime example of how investment is preceded by street safety. We are experiencing an economic boom in the area and that type of vitality should spread throughout all six Wards.

We are profoundly grateful to all of the community stakeholders who rallied in support of the new law. Their advocacy proves that Paterson is poised for a more promising future.

Andre Sayegh

Paterson, July 27