Paterson Mayor Hosts Cruise to Pay Legal Fees

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Jose “Joey” Torres, Mayor of Paterson, N.J., during a ceremony at the Great Falls in Paterson on April 15, 2009, to celebrate its recent designation as a National Historic Park. (AP Photo/Mike Derer)

Paterson Mayor Jose “Joey” Torres, facing corruption charges, has hosted a cruise to raise money for his legal fees. reports that Torres charged $150 to $250 per person for a Hudson River harbor cruise on Thursday evening.

Torres says about 300 people attended the event. He did not say how much money was raised.

Torres and three city public works officials are charged with conspiring to have city employees work overtime at a warehouse leased by the mayor’s family. He has pleaded not guilty.

The mayor says he plans to hold another legal defense fundraiser in July and plans to run for re-election next year.