Torres appoints Paterson Democratic Committee vice chair to Planning Board
Abdel-aziz (left) with Assad Akhter of U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell's (D-9) office. By Max Pizarro | July 17th, 2014 - 10:33am
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Paterson Mayor Jose "Joey" Torres took steps to further neutralize his vanquished May rival in the mayor's contest last night and make nice with the Democratic Party when he appointed Al Abdel-aziz and Nelly Hidalgo Celi to the Paterson Planning Board.

Celi was Councilman Andre Sayegh's campaign manager in 2010, and went over to the Torres camp in this year's election. Her appointment is less of an immediate political statement than that of Abdel-aziz.

The latter was a key Sayegh ally in the 2014 contest, leading the get-out-the-vote effort in the 6th Ward.

Abdel-aziz is also a fierce Democratic Party organizer, vice chairman of the Paterson Democratic Party, and close ally of Passaic County Democratic Committee Chairman John Currie, who backed Sayegh for mayor over Torres.

Upon his swearing-in as mayor, Torres slapped back at Currie with his appointment of jilted ex-Sheriff Jerry Speziale as Paterson's police director.

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