LETTER: ‘I will continue to strive to be the councilman for everyone,’ Jersey City’s Boggiano says


In a letter to the editor, Jersey City Ward C Councilman Rich Boggiano says “I will continue to strive to be the councilman for everyone in the ward,” discussing his re-election and the future of the ward.

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Dear Editor,

Thank you to everyone who came out to vote on December 7th in Ward C’s runoff election! I especially want to thank my campaign’s volunteers who have been campaigning with me for months.

Tuesday night’s victory was hard earned and would not have happened with your tireless efforts. I will miss the camaraderie of canvassing, but also look forward to working with all of you to build a better future for Ward C.

If there’s one message that came across loud and clear, it’s that everyone cares about the changes happening throughout the Journal Square area.

This is something that’s been decades in the making, and while there are different opinions about exactly how we should move ahead, we all want the same thing: a great place to live.

I want to be clear that I will continue to strive to be councilman for everyone in the ward, including my opponents’ supporters.

To that end, I am inviting my opponents and their supporters to join me in an effort to find common ground on the mobility issues facing our area. I believe there are win-win improvements for pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists that we can put in place.

I’ve worked with individual residents on items such as speed humps, stop signs, and bike lanes for years, but this will be a collaborative effort, including people who did not vote for me.

As you know from the election, we won’t agree on everything, but just because we disagree sometimes doesn’t mean that we can’t work together to find creative solutions to these and other issues facing our area.

Last, I want to call this collective effort Jersey City’s “Good Neighbor Policy.” In other words, I believe we will get farther as a city if we can build trust.

In addition to working with my former political opponents, I will continue to work hard to earn the trust of other residents and any stakeholder who has an impact on our ward.

Good neighbors take care of one another – not because they are told to, but because they want to.

Traffic, parking, development, and mobility are just some of the challenges straining our area as it grows and changes.

It’s no secret that I am cautious about implementing big plans due to their often unforeseen side effects, but that does not mean I am opposed to progress.

Most importantly, I believe that if we work together we really can make Ward C an even greater place to live.

Rich Boggiano
Jersey City Ward C Councilman

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