The Jersey City Council unanimously approved an ordinance naming the future west district police station after slain Jersey City Police Det. Melvin Santiago.
Before the council could vote on the ordinance, former correctional officer and PBA local 109 President, Telissa Dowling, spoke out against the ordinance, saying the building should be named after former Jersey City Mayor Glenn Cunningham.
Ward A Councilman Frank Gajewski became emotional when speaking in favor of the ordinance naming the future police station after Santiago.
Finally, Cathy McBride, Santiago’s mother thanked the council for the ordinance after receiving a standing ovation.