St Peter’s University’s Guarini Institute for Government and Leadership is hosting three interactive panels in the next month, including a gun control forum headlined by ex-Gov. Jim Florio (D) tomorrow night.
“Our mission is to provide public policy discussions, really focus on issues that we think are critical to citizens and residents across New Jersey,” Leila Sadeghi, the Guarini Institute executive director, told Hudson County View.
On February 10th, the organization hosted a tax abatement panel where Jersey City Freeholder Bill O’Dea (D-2) expressed his disdain for the way the State of New Jersey hands out tax abatements, citing Goya as one particularly disadvantageous situation for the city.
Tomorrow evening, the Guarini Institute hosts their second panel, with the topic this time being gun control. The panel features Florio, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez, Assemblyman Raj Mukherji (D-33), Alexander Roubian, president of the NJ Second Amendment Society and Clifton attorney Jef Henninger.
The event will take place inside McIntyre Center A and will begin at 5:30 p.m., scheduled to last until 7:30 p.m.
“We have a number of policy issues that we’re focusing on this semester, but also moving into the fall semester, one of which is on gun control and the Second Amendment and looking at the different perspectives around that issue,” Sadeghi said.
“Especially given that, violence has really become a problem, violence has really become a problem and gun violence has become a critical issue across the country.”
Also on the calendar in the foreseeable future is a healthcare consolidation and merger panel on March 16 and and economic development panel focused on North Jersey casinos on March 21.
“Every panel discussion that we host, their is an open Q & A, and we’re within an academic institution, so we very much support the interface between citizens, audience members, as well as our panelists,” she added.
The Guarini Institute is funded by former U.S. Rep. Frank Guarini, a St. Peter’s University alumnus.