LaClair: Let’s give our new mayor a chance to show he can lead

To the Editor:

Many people do not agree with the Town Council’s selection of our new Mayor. I thought that someone else deserved the honor.

I was looking at it the wrong way: the Mayor’s Office is not a lifetime service award. Political office should not be about the individual in it; as President Obama often reminded us, it is about us.

I do not know Peter Santana, but the council members do. He will now have a chance to prove himself. If he does that, he will hold the office for many years. If not, there will be another election in two years.

What we do not need is a return to the pre-Santos days, when our town government looked like a poorly run circus. Whoever wins should receive our support, and be given a fair chance.

Paul L. LaClair


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Kevin A. Canessa Jr. is the editor of and broadcaster at The Observer, a place where he has served on and off since 2006. He is responsible for the editorial content of the newspaper and website, the production of the e-Newspaper, writing several stories per week (including the weekly editorial), conducting live broadcasts on Facebook Live, including a weekly recap of the news — and much more behind the scenes. Between 2006 and 2008, he introduced the newspaper to its first-ever blog — which included podcasts, audio and video. Originally from Jersey City, Kevin lived in Kearny until 2004, lived in Port St. Lucie. Florida, for four years until February 2016 and in March of that year, he moved back to West Hudson to return to The Observer full time. Click Here to send Kevin an email.