Mayor Alberto G. Santos has been Mayor of Kearny since January 1, 2000. He was re-elected to a two-year term as Mayor in 2001 and 2003; after the mayoral term of office was lengthened from two years to four years, he was re-elected to a four-year term as Mayor in 2005 and 2009. Previously he served as councilman of Kearny's Second Ward for one year. The Mayor is a graduate of Georgetown University (Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service), B.S.F.S., and the New York University School of Law, J.D. and LL.M. (Tax Law). He is admitted as an attorney in the States of New Jersey and New York.
Mayor Santos serves as the Clerk to the Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders. He was previously an associate in the New York office of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton and in the Newark office of Saiber, Schlesinger, Satz & Goldstein.
Mayor Santos is a member of the Town Planning Board, Kearny Economic Zone Development Corporation, Kearny Municipal Utilities Authority and the New Jersey Meadowlands Municipal Committee. He is also chairman of the Town's Department of Public Works Committee and the Kearny Democratic Party. Mayor Santos is proficient in Portuguese and Spanish.