The state has approved the Jersey City Incinerator Authority’s merger with the city’s Department of Public Works, according to Mayor Steven Fulop.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
Fulop tweeted out that the JCIA will soon be a thing of the past just minutes ago:
The Jersey City Council tabled a measure to formally absord the JCIA last month, with Council President Rolando Lavarro stating that the matter was pending approval from the state’s Local Finance Board, a subdivision of the Department of Community Affairs.
The matter was approved by the board earlier today.
The JCIA, an autonomous agency, has been a hotbed of controversy since three employees were arrested in a joint effort by the Jersey City Police Department and the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office in July for their alleged roles in a scheme to sell construction debris for cash – where JCIA equipment was used.
Clayton Dabney, an executive diretor of the agency – who is also the brother of former longtime CEO Oren Dabney – was later charged as part of the same investigation.
Oren Dabney stated at the regularly scheduled July meeting of the board that the JCIA had “nothing to hide,” however, as Hudson County View first reported, Dabney retired shortly thereafter in August – with some residents/employees insisting he was a victim of “racism” since he was “forced out.”
At the same August 17 special meeting of the JCIA, a few employees pleaded for the agency to remain autonomous, since the city would not allow individuals with criminal records to be employed.
One worker went as far as to say that losing his job would send him back to the streets where violence is the only answer.
The Jersey City Council will more than likely finalize the merger at tonight’s meeting.
City officials previously did not respond to requests for comment on how the merger would impact JCIA employees with arrest records.