All About Andre
Paterson is the only home Andre Sayegh has ever known. He was born and raised in the city and is currently raising his two daughters here. Since being elected to the Paterson City Council in 2008, Andre has established a more business-friendly and family-friendly sixth ward. His accomplishments include:
- One of the nine nightclubs he closed down was transformed into a pre-school in an underserved neighborhood.
- The South Paterson business district has experienced an influx of new investors.
- Built a new playground in the Lakeview section through private-public partnerships
- Advocated for his constituents when they were unfairly paying for flood insurance that they did not need.
- Introduced the Abandoned Properties ordinance that reduced the number of eyesores in the city.
- Introduced the Commercial Curfew ordinance significantly reduced crime in Paterson's "hot spots."
- Championed the Environmental Commission Initiatives to increase our city's recycling rate, generating revenue for the city budget.
Prior to his election to the City Council, Andre served on the Paterson Board of Education. Under his leadership, school uniforms were implemented, new school construction was approved, and revised the district curriculum. We are witnessing the long-term successes of these initiatives now.
Andre graduated with the highest honors from Seton Hall University with a Bachelor's degree in History. Andre earned a Master's Degree in Public Policy and Administration from Columbia University and served as President of the Student Government. Andre has been an adjunct professor at Passaic County Community College for 17 years and is currently the Director of Job Readiness and Customized Training. He has successfully obtained employment opportunities for Patersonians across a wide range of fields. Andre served as a Chief of Staff for Senator John A. Girgenti and has served as a Field Representative for Congressman Bill Pascrell.
Stabilize Property Taxes
In order to stabilize property taxes, we must expand our ratable base, which requires improving Paterson's image to attract more investors. The model can be found in two areas within the sixth ward – South Paterson and People's Park.
Improve Public Safety
When you make an area safer, you make an area stronger. Reinstitute the city's street crimes unit to clear our corners—increased police presence in areas that have been consistently plagued by high crime.
Drive Economic Development
Bringing in new businesses help fund improved public safety while stabilizing property taxes. Leverage the momentum of the new Great Falls National Park to turn our area into a top-notch tourist destination. Partner with Governor Murphy's administration to invest in our transportation infrastructure to take full advantage of our geography, re-invest in our higher education institutions, and expand small business incubators to incentivize new businesses to start here.