Bayonne Council President and mayoral challenger Sharon Ashe-Nadrowski wants to create housing options for city workers as part of her affordability plan.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“There’s always a lot of talk about keeping Bayonne affordable. Sometimes this conversation gets a negative connotation, but it really shouldn’t. The truth is we want people to live, grow, and thrive in Bayonne,” she said in a statement.
“We want to keep our family, friends, and loved ones close to our hearts, and even closer to our doorsteps. The only way we get there is by making responsible choices and decisions.”
Vowing to put Bayonne first in all negotiations, whether that means more money, resources, time, or quality, she goes on to say that teachers, firefighters, veterans, police officers and other municipal employees deserve better accommodations.
“Under a Nadrowski administration we will prioritize exploring reasonable housing options for these workers with a large focus on those just starting out – the ‘rookies’ with the lowest salaries. This keeps them in the community they serve, and reminds them that we have their back while they are working hard to have ours,” she explained.
“Through redevelopment discussions and federal funding sources, we can look to integrate this type of housing with new development projects. In the end, the goal is to keep realistic housing options open to those in public service so that they can continue to grow in and with our community.”
Furthermore, on the topic of small business, she says an Office of Small Business Support and Advocacy would be established to help locals thrive.
“This office will be charged with providing outreach and assistance to our local small business community. Between grant applications, permit applications, and regulatory compliance – everything takes time, and time is money,” she added.
“The city should be a helping partner. My goal would be to save our small businesses some time, by extending an open hand of support.”
The non-partisan Bayonne municipal elections are on May 10th.