I want to take opportunity to congratulate Mayor Elect Andre Sayegh on his awesome election night victory and for running a campaign to unite all Patersonians. His message of “One Paterson” resonated with the electorate. I believe that Paterson's best days are ahead. He will govern the city the same way he campaigned, always putting Paterson and its citizens first.
I also want to commend all of the other mayoral and council candidates who decided to get into the arena. As Patersonians, we must be about the people's business and put petty differences aside. Let's work for the betterment of the city.
I'm reminded of what President Abraham Lincoln said in his first inaugural address. "We are not enemies but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection.”
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