||Edward M. O’Brien, Mayor|
City Hall, 355 Main St., 3rd Floor
West Haven, CT 06516
||Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.|
Edward M. O’Brien is the 11th mayor of West Haven. As such, he serves as the executive office for West Haven and works jointly with all city departments. On a municipal level, the mayor meets regularly with department heads and serves as a nonvoting member of the City Council and the Board of Education.
Growing up, I was taught the importance of hard work, honesty and giving back to the community. These are values that have guided me through my life as a West Havener and are values that I have brought to the office of mayor. I share your vision of making West Haven a better place to live and work. In my inaugural term, I have outlined a number of goals for the next two years, such as revitalizing downtown, improving city finances by increasing revenues and preserving its commercial base, and attracting development to the areas of the train station and Boston Post Road.
The center of West Haven is the microcosm of the entire city, and we need to get back the foot traffic and sense of community. Transit hubs and the Post Road are economic engines for cities and towns from Maine to Florida. We will make that true for West Haven as well.
I will initiate an aggressive citywide cleanliness program. For too long our city has gone unkempt, reducing our ability to attract new residents, businesses and visitors. We need to make our city more attractive, and I will lead by example.
I will work to enhance our education system, especially since it is one of the first things families look for when deciding to move to a city. We must elevate our standings in the state and federal rankings in education. I will provide the Board of Education and Superintendent of Schools Neil C. Cavallaro with the tools needed to ensure the children of West Haven are provided the best education possible.
I will also work with Police Chief John Karajanis Jr. and his department, which has some of the finest men and women in law enforcement, to assure we feel safe when walking in our neighborhoods, along our beaches and shopping downtown.
As mayor, I pledge that my administration’s goal in everything we do is to build a better West Haven. We are all Westies, and I look forward to improving and enjoying our city with everyone. I am very blessed to have been given the opportunity to lead West Haven, but I need your help. We all hold a stake in this city, and we all have a lot to gain. It will not be easy; we will make mistakes, but I promise we will do it together through hard work and smart choices. We will show the world what we already know: West Haven is a great place to live and work. Westie pride runs deep in your new mayor, and I look forward to representing our great city with pride and dignity.
— Edward M. O’Brien