Ambrossi announces that he’ll challenge Jersey City Ward D Councilman Saleh for his seat

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After months of speculation, lifelong Jersey City Heights resident Patrick Ambrossi has announced that he’ll challenge Ward D Councilman Yousef Saleh for his seat in the November 3rd special election.

Patrick Ambrossi. Photo courtesy of the Ambrossi for council campaign.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“Growing up in The Heights, I too have experienced many of the struggles facing our
community. We can no longer wait and hang on to empty promises to improve our quality of life,” Ambrossi said in a statement.

“The Heights is a community of residents who deserve functional, long term solutions, so
their families can continue to thrive.”

Ambrossi continued that he is a staunch supporter of open space, as it provides opportunities within the city for recreation and sustainable natural environments.

He also said that his collaborative efforts with the late Councilman Michael Yun led to the creation of a Master Plan for Leonard Gordon Park, followed by securing $500,000 in funding for Phase 1 of redevelopment.

Additionally, Ambrossi committed to not “pandering” to the needs of developers to help make Jersey City more affordable, working to add more public transportation options, and improving many miscellaneous quality of life issues.

Saleh was appointed to the Ward D council seat on April 30th following Yun’s untimely death due to complications from COVID-19.

Ambrossi was one of six candidates that interviewed with Councilmen James Solomon and Rolando Lavarro ahead of the appointment, but only Saleh, who was endorsed by Mayor Steven Fulop and Council President Joyce Watterman, received an up and down vote from the governing body.

Regardless of the result of fall’s special election, the Ward D seat will again be up for grabs in the regularly scheduled November 2021 municipal elections.

Thus far, Ambrossi is the only declared challenger against Saleh.

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