Jersey City police, firefighter unions endorse JCEA-backed BOE ticket

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The Jersey City Police and Fire Department unions have endorsed the Education Matters board of education slate, who already have the backing of the local teachers union and Mayor Steven Fulop. Education Matters

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“As the leaders of the Jersey City Police, Fire & Teachers’ Unions we know how important the future of education is for you, your family and Jersey City,” the union leaders for Jersey City police, firefighter and the education association said in a joint statement.

“Whether you have children in the education system or you are a taxpayer concerned that your money is being properly allocated, the right choice of people to make the decisions effecting the education system is crucial.”

The Education Matters team consists of former board trustee Angel Valentin, education activist Gina Verdibello and outspoken businessman Sudhan Thomas, the latter being a first time candidate.

“The Education Matters team recognizes that it takes a village to raise a child and that education takes place not only in the classroom but in all aspects of a child’s life.”

Praising the team’s “holistic philosophy towards education,” the unions looked forward to the new board members bringing “unique and innovate insight to the board.”

The endorsement is signed by Jersey City Police Officer Benevolent Association President Carmine Disbrow,
Police Superior Officers Association President Robert Kearns, Police Superior Officers Association Rep. Jimmy Carroll, Fire Officers Association President Pete Nowak, Uniformed Firefighters Association of Jersey City President Joseph Krajnik and JCEA President Ron Greco.

The Jersey City BOE race has 10 candidates seeking three, three-year terms and Election Day is November 8.