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RELEASE: May 2, 2006

Harrington Announces Future of Paterson MVC Facility
Commission plans to return to city after more than a decade

(PATERSON) – New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) Chief Administrator, Sharon A. Harrington, today, joined state and local officials at the future site of the Paterson Parking Authority garage to announce the Commission’s plans to return to the City of Paterson after more than ten years.

Standing with State Senator John Girgenti, Assemblywoman Nellie Pou, Mayor Joey Torres and other county and local officials, Harrington noted Paterson’s economic and cultural rebirth and highlighted the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission’s effort to become a part of the city’s revitalization.

"MVC looks forward to bringing our much-needed services back to the City of Paterson," said Harrington. "We are working with Mayor Torres, through the State Treasurer's office, to make this agency a reality. The Commission believes this location provides us with the best opportunity to serve the citizens of Paterson and the surrounding communities."

In 2004, the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission engaged Standard & Poors to analyze MVC's current portfolio of service facilities. This was done to aid the Motor Vehicle Commission in fulfilling its goal of ensuring that the facilities best meet the needs of the public. Standard & Poors presented the Motor Vehicle Commission with a Siting Study Recommendations Report, which recommended adding a 46th Motor Vehicle Agency in Paterson – New Jersey's third largest city.

Girgenti noted, "As the seat of county government, it's only appropriate that a city with the size and population of Paterson has a government facility as important as the Motor Vehicle Commission. I am quite pleased that we were able to advocate for MVC’s return to the city."

"The closing of the old DMV facility in 1995 caused much hardship for the residents of Paterson and nearby communities. I have strongly advocated the return of a motor vehicle agency," said Pou. "As Chairwoman of the Leasing & Space Utilization Committee, I was able to obtain the necessary support and endorsement last year for a new agency within the city limits."

"I truly appreciate the work and support of Governor Corzine, Administrator Harrington, and our legislative delegation for the return of Paterson's MVC facility," noted Torres. "As the 3rd largest city in New Jersey, it is inconceivable that our 29,000 eligible drivers are forced to take a bus to Wayne or Oakland to obtain motor vehicle services."