Dear Editor:

During the past several months, as the Campaign Manager for Glenn Brown, I had the unique pleasure and honor to see Paterson and her wonderful citizens from all communities up close and personal. I supported Director Brown because I felt he had the best law and order credentials to lead this great city. However, over the course of time, it became obvious to me that a change of thinking was warranted.

Running a political campaign was the honor of a lifetime and I thank the Director for allowing me the opportunity to become actively involved in trying to change the direction of our city, while wishing him the best.

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However, the trumpets call anew change at this critical juncture in our history. This is the most consequential local election of our lifetime. 
I believe that Paterson's best days are ahead. We need a city government, and more specifically a mayor, who will not only be compassionate but efficient.

We need a mayor that will change the culture of this city. A mayor who will dispel the myth that anything goes in Paterson. A mayor who will inspire our citizens to believe in our city again. A mayor who will engender trust and faith in our city government. And a mayor who will ask not what the city can do for us but what we can do for our city.

That person, in my view, is Andre Sayegh.

As Sixth Ward Councilman he has shown a commitment to this city that I have rarely seen in a public official. He is accessible and he keeps his word. He has brought economic development to the Sixth Ward at unprecedented levels. He has developed relationships with the police department, our new governor and county officials which will be critical for our city going forward.

I plan to work day and night over the next one hundred days to insure his victory.

I'm proud to call him a friend but that's not why I'm voting for him. I am voting for him because he will get the job done.


Wayne Witherspoon