Mayor Steven Fulop addresses economy, affordable housing in state of the city address

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Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop spoke about a declining unemployment rate, a booming local economy, a plan for a major increase in affordable housing, among various other topics, at his second annual state of the city address.

The packed city hall chambers greeted Fulop with a standing ovation after City Council President Rolando Lavarro greeted the crowd and a video was shown to highlight Jersey City’s achievements in the past year.

After thanking the various dignitaries in the room for attending, Fulop began by talking about the booming Jersey City economy.

After acknowledging the family members of deceased Jersey City Police Det. Melvin Santiago, asking for a moment of silence, the potential 2017 gubernatorial candidate spoke about Jersey City’s earned sick leave ordinance that was approved last January.

Also making note of Jersey City’s declining unemployment rate, Fulop boasted about more residential construction than ever before.

Additionally, Fulop said an ordinance will be introduced this year to ensure more residents are hired for local projects.

Fulop also stressed the importance of affordable housing for low-income families and homeless veterans alike.

As he began wrapping things up, Fulop assured residents that the Jersey City budget for 2015 will not include a tax increase.