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Paterson mayor announces chief of staff departure, taps former Booker aide for position

By Jonathan Greene
Published: October 30, 2023


Mayor Andre Sayegh announced Monday that his chief of staff Christian Callegari will step down from the role on Nov. 22.

Callegari participated in numerous city projects, including the Paterson Reentry Assistance Program, serving as Acting Director for Economic Development, and contributing to the development of the PatStat data platform. He also led the city’s Energy Savings Improvement Program (ESIP) and was involved in special events and communications planning, according to the mayor’s office.

“I am profoundly grateful to Mayor Sayegh for granting me the opportunity to serve my community,” Callegari said, expressing gratitude and pride in his contributions to Paterson. He was hired in November 2021.

Sayegh acknowledged Callegari’s role in enhancing the Mayor’s office operations. “He improved the efficiency of our office, approached every challenge with alacrity, and consequently, made me a better Mayor,” he said.

Habib Kader is set to replace Callegari as chief of staff. A Paterson native, Kader brings experience from his time in Senator Cory Booker’s Washington, D.C. office and holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin and Emory University.

Booker expressed confidence in Kader’s capabilities, stating Kader’s “skills and experience will greatly benefit” Paterson.

Kader is looking forward to his new role. “Paterson is a resilient city with immense potential, and I’m eager to contribute to its growth,” he said.

Sayegh welcomed Kader, highlighting his experience and commitment to the city. “Habib is a proud Patersonian and brings a wealth of experience to our team,” Sayegh said.

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