PATERSON — A former municipal clerk says she will forgo her state pension after being selected as the next mayor of the city.

According to, Jane Williams-Warren said collecting her $97,500 state pension while also earning her mayor's salary is "something I would never do." The story said she had been the municipal clerk for the city prior to her retirement in 2014.

Williams-Warren was chosen by a narrow 5-4 vote by the council. She will replace Council President Ruby Cotton, who assumed the mayor's role after former Mayor Jose "Joey" Torres resigned after pleading guilty to corruption charges.

The new mayor was not at the meeting where she was chosen, according to the She is expected to take office on Oct. 10 and will hold the office until an election for a new mayor is held next May.

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