Council Members 2nd Ward

Council Member 2nd Ward Richard Konopka                                                                                                                                                                          

I moved to Kearny in 1996. I married my Brazilian born wife Nelia in 1998 and moved to the 2nd ward. We purchased our home in 2001 in the 2nd ward where we now live with our two sons Jacob and Joshua. I also have another son, Richard “Junior” from a prior marriage.

I graduated from Essex Catholic High School in 1980. I graduated from RETS Electronic School in 1982 with a certificate in Applied Electronic Technology. I also attended Hudson County Schools of Technology and Union County Vocational-Technical School.

I am employed at the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission for the past 32 years. I started in 1981 as a helper and now hold the position of Supervisor of Instrumentation and Electrical Technicians. I served on the Zoning Board of Adjustments for 13 years and was the Chairman the last 2 years. I am a member of the Franklin School PTA.

I volunteer my time by coaching varies sports for the Kearny Recreation Department. I enjoy spending time with my family especially when we vacation in Brazil.

I am the Chairman of the Lighting Committee and Beautification Committee and also sit on the Water and Transportation Committees. I am the council liaison to the Board of Health and a member Kearny UEZ Board.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Council Member 2nd Ward  Peter Santana


Councilman Peter Santana is a naturalized citizen who was born in Brazil. He resides in Kearny where his family has deep roots in the Kearny-West Hudson area. Mr. Santana graduated from the Faculdade Rui Barbosa College in Brazil, where he achieved his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. He has also completed a Master of Arts Degree in Educational Leadership from Saint Peter’s University.

Councilman Santana married his wife Renata in 2013.   He currently works for the Harrison Board of Education as a Director of Instructional Data Management Services, as well as for the Hudson County Schools of Technology as the Director of the Adult High School night school program at the Harrison Center.  He was appointed in February 2017 to fill a vacancy on Kearny’s Town Council representing the 2nd Ward.  
Councilman Santana has served as a member of the Blue Ribbon Committee which resulted in the U.S. Secretary of Education recognizing Harrison High School as one of the 286 National Blue Ribbon Schools for the year 2013.  Mr. Santana also volunteers for many civic and school activities; most notable is his participation in Harrison Education Foundation’s annual Golf Outing Fundraiser that provides scholarships to graduating seniors.  
A homeowner on Davis Avenue in Kearny’s 2nd Ward, Mr. Santana is committed to doing everything possible to keep Kearny’s status as a great place to live and work.