Jersey City Ward C council candidate Kevin Bing has pledged not to take developer money as he unveiled his campaign platform last night, which includes investing in pandemic recovery, more open space, and continuing the Vision Zero traffic safety plan.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
Branding himself as “a stalwart of progressive values against machine politics:, Bing calls for building a city that is affordable for all, making our streets safe, and welcoming all who want to call Jersey City home.
His “Jersey City: Best City” plan calls for investments in pandemic recovery, funding a tenant’s right to free legal counsel, the creation of a civilian complaint review board with subpoena power, fully funding the public schools, mandating that new developments include green space plans, and continuing to move Vision Zero forward.
“As an advocate for bike and pedestrian safety for years, I know firsthand that Jersey City’s transportation options are in need of improvement. We want a city in which everyone can safely get from point A to B,” he said in a statement.
“ … Not only do I want to deliver on progressive change but I’m ready to tackle these quality of life matters. This plan came after several listening sessions with Jersey City residents who care about their community. Together, we worked on this vision and will seek to make it a reality at the polls.”
His platform, which is available on his website, also calls for strengthening the city’s inclusionary zoning ordinance, using American Rescue Plan funds to develop affordable housing, and giving direct payments to residents as part of a pandemic recovery plan.
The non-partisan Jersey City municipal elections are on November 2nd, where Bing faces off with incumbent Rich Boggiano and fellow challenger Tom Zuppa.