At Monday eveningâ€™s Ward F Town Hall meeting, Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop accused the Jerramiah Healy administration of putting a discrimination study “on the shelf because they didn’t want to deal with it.”
Addressing why his administration decided to take the reigns on a Croson study, used to determine if any disparities exist between hiring white contractors versus hiring minority and/or female contractors.
Carolyn Oliver-Fair, the president of the North Jersey chapter of the National Action Network, asked Fulop how she could get a copy of the study.
Fulop responded by providing some background on the study, accusing the Jerramiah Healy administration – without referring to him by name – of â€œputting it on the shelf because they didnâ€™t want to deal with it.â€
A press release from September 23, 2014 stated that the study, conducted by the firm MGT America, commenced in 2007 and was completed in May 2011.
The $370,590 study called for the city to add outreach programs, expand the utilization of and using “multi-prime construction contracts” for large scale projects – among other things – all in relation to minority women business enterprise programs.
The mayor added that Councilwomen Diane Coleman and Joyce Watterman â€œput an actionable plan in placeâ€ for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, which currently has three inspectors overseeing construction sites to make sure everything is done by the book – with penalties in place if the rules and regulations are broken.
Compliance Officer Director Pierre Leander and Deputy Director Kevin Kane, a Freehold Councilman, will be overseeing this aspect of diversity and inclusion.
Fair said while that was all fine and good, she would still prefer a copy of the study since African Americans are â€œin a state of economic Jim Crow.â€
Coleman explained that it took some time to put together a policy, plan and hire staff as a result of the study, before getting into the particulars of the matter.
Fulop collected emails at the end of the meeting for residents that were interested in seeing a copy of the Croson study.