Jersey City Ward F council hopeful Frank “Educational” Gilmore says that the formation of a new neighborhood watch group will help curb violence on the city’s south side.
“There have been an uptick in violence as it related to violent crimes, firearm possession and firearm recoveries, and homicides and things of that nature. It directly speaks to things of that nature,” he said during an interview at his fundraiser at O’Leary’s Publik House on Wednesday.
“It directly speaks to things we’re trying to speak to in our campaign, making sure that we have the necessary resources to intervene on the front end, when these youth are seven, eight, nine, 10 years old, so subsequently, when they’re 15, 16, 17 they already have the necessary mentorship and youth enrichment and the necessary resources to combat the environment in which they’re living in.”
Gilmore, who founded the Educational Gilmore Community Learning Center on Monticello Avenue after serving a 10-year prison sentence, noted that he has been committed to helping the youth on the south side for the past seven to eight years.
With three homicides in Ward F in June alone, he acknowledged the need to expand what the community has to offer, with a neighborhood watch group in the works and preparing to launch soon.
” … So essentially what the neighborhood watch community group would be responsible for is fielding calls from associations and individuals from said area to understand – if it’s a crowd out there, to understand if it’s youth out there not doing nothing – so they will be responsible for intervening with the youth and making sure they know of the necessary resources available so we can get ahead of violence.”
Additionally, Gilmore stated that he’s seen a groundswell of support since kicking off his campaign in February, indicating that it’s not a matter of if he will defeat incumbent Jermaine Robinson, it’s when.
He also spoke of taking point on addressing quality of life issues ranging from residents curbing their dogs to addressing loud music complaints.
Those in attendance at the event included Ward B council candidate Joel Brooks, at-Large candidates Chris Gadsden and Elvin Dominici, Jersey City Anti-Violence Coalition Movement Executive Director Pamela Johnson, and Hudson County Progressive Alliance leader Amy Torres, among many others.