Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop and City Council were sworn in at a groundbreaking ceremony at Town Hall this evening, which was followed by a reorganization meeting in which Joyce Watterman was was chosen for another term as chair of the board.
By Daniel Ulloa / Hudson County View
Former City Clerk Robert Bryne was the master of ceremonies for the hour-long event, which saw Fulop sworn in for a third term – the first mayor to do so since Frank Hague in 1945.
Fulop’s board list won seven of the nine races contested, including general counsel Amy DeGise.
She was joined by her aunt Lois Shaw, who was instrumental in repealing Jersey City’s ban on women in bars when she served on the board in 1974, while her father, the director of the County Tom DeGise – a former Jersey City Council chairman – watched from the public.
Ward E Ward Councilor James Solomon, who ran independently and won hands down in November, was sworn in for his second term by Hudson County Superior Court Judge Carlo Abad as his wife Gaby and her daughters Camila and Corinne showed their support on the podium.
Additionally, F Ward Councilor Frank “Educational” Gilmore, who overthrew Jermaine Robinson, was sworn in before Hudson County Superior Court Judge Mark Baber – the same judge who oversaw his case in court. for minors 25 years ago.
Since then, Gilmore has turned his life around and has become a well-known youth mentor and coach who amassed a significant following at the local level before running for a seat on city council.
Ward Councilor D Yousef Saleh, succeeding the late Michael Yun, was elected for his first full term in November after winning a special election last year.
Alternatively, Ward C City Councilor Rich Boggiano, General Councilor Daniel Rivera and Watterman are sworn in for their third terms, while Ward A City Councilor Denise Ridley and Ward B Ward Councilor Mira Prinz-Arey begin their second. mandate.
Watterman was sworn in before Municipal Court judge Nadine Kilibreu, who made a few remarks on his behalf.
“She’s a Jersey City native who grew up on the West Side in an area that doesn’t often train those fortunate enough to have these kinds of careers,” she said.
“She made history in 2020 when she became the first African-American woman in Jersey City to be named president of city council.”
After the council’s oath of office, Fulop was sworn in by Newark City Councilor Anibal Ramos. Fulop was sworn in to new Mayor Edison Sam Joshi and Hillside Mayor Dahlia Vertreese earlier today.
“I promise you in Jersey City the same thing I promised eight years ago: that I will not be a perfect mayor, but that I will never embarrass you and that I will work tirelessly to always make you proud.”
“The next four years will be seen through the prism of what we have learned from COVID and what we have done to help our city and its residents get back on their feet since the start of the pandemic. This is the challenge, and this is the test we face, ”he continued.
“Have we helped those school children who lost their learning during the pandemic to catch up? Did we help workers who needed to be trained in new skills to find their way? Have we made connections with families struggling to find affordable housing and resources? Have we helped these failing entrepreneurs who have invested their entire lives in their business? “
In the ensuing board reshuffle meeting, Acting Business Administrator John Metro saw his interim title stripped by a 7-0 (2) with Gilmore and DeGise abstaining, citing their inability to speak to anyone about his appointment.
In addition, Office of Emergency Management (OEM) Director Walter “Greg” Kierce has had his acting role cut for the Department of Public Works. That vote was 6-0 (3), with Salomon joining DeGise and Gilmore in abstaining. They reiterated their previous reason for doing so.
“What’s the plan with OEM, with Director Kierce remaining in charge of both divisions? Can you explain your process to us? Solomon asked Metro.
“Director Kierce will be heavily involved in the OEM process. We worked with him to review staffing and rebuild a stronger team. He will have oversight, but we’re going to restructure in a way that is… under his leadership, ”Metro responded.
Nonetheless, Solomon did not believe that there was not enough time to fully explore the matter and abstained, noting that priorities such as logging have been overlooked in recent memory, as well as fearing that important issues like storm preparedness may not receive the attention they deserve.
Finally, the short meeting ended with Watterman being again named chairman of the board unanimously (9-0), while Rivera was selected for another term as chairman pro tempore by the same vote count. .
Chief Press Correspondent John Heinis contributed to this report.