André Sayegh, a lifelong resident of Paterson, became its mayor in July 2018. He has focused his administration on stabilizing property taxes, improving public safety, and driving economic development, particularly through tourism and economic development around the city’s greatest natural resource – the Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park. He served on the Paterson City Council from 2008 to 2018, where he helped establish a more business-friendly and family-friendly Paterson. Prior to his election to the City Council, Mr. Sayegh served on the Paterson Board of Education, as chief of staff for State Sen. John A. Girgenti, and as a field representative for U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell. He was also an adjunct professor at Passaic County Community College for 17 years.