Father Alex Santora of Our Lady of Grace has criticized Mayor Dawn Zimmer over the years. Earlier this month, he did so in a church newsletter.
Then, last weekend, he followed up in another newsletter, explaining his original comments.
One parishioner was unhappy with Santora's messages, and sent us the newsletters.
"I did not think I gave up my constitutional rights when I was ordained a priest," Santora wrote in the first newsletter. "I certainly have a right to my opinions and the freedom to express them."
He made reference to Zimmer's attempts to move the day of the St. Patrick's Parade, noting that the parade originated in his parish.
But Santora also attacked Zimmer's adminstration on non-church-related matters, calling Zimmer's former head of parking and transportation an "uncivil servant."
He said that he has tried to talk with Zimmer many times, to share concerns that have been brought to him by parishioners, but that she has been cool to him.
He wrote, "I think she inherited a tough job. I grew up in Hudson County and know it's a contact sport. She has made some good initiatives. Dividing Hoboken between old timers and newcomers, as she has done, is negative and counter-productive."
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