Jersey City Ward E Councilman James Solomon has released an infrastructure plan that emphasizes building new green space, such as a park in the water similar to Hoboken’s Pier C.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“For decades, Jersey City politicians approved tens of thousands of units of housing without a plan for the infrastructure needed to keep downtown livable. We need to remake Jersey City and that starts with more public spaces and parks, improving our infrastructure and doing the basics like making sure the trash is picked up,” Solomon said in a statement.
“Downtown families expect and deserve a more livable community and this plan will improve lives and make the city even better for everyone.”
Specifically, he mentions turning the 6th Street Embankment into “a vibrant public space,” building a park the water, similar to Hoboken’s popular Pier C, along with investing in new sidewalks, lighting, trash removal, and pedestrian/cyclist infrastructure at the Coles Street underpass.
The incumbent also mentions completing the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail station at 18th Street and Jersey Avenue, as well as terminating the city’s waste removal contract with Regional Industries, placing trash cans on every corner for daily pick ups, and providing every home with lidded trash cans.
The city council is moving forward with a third-party audit to determine if they should stop using the often controversial Regional Industries and bring waste removal in-house.
Solomon is running independently in the non-partisan November 2nd Jersey City municipal elections, facing a challenge from Chief Municipal Prosecutor Jake Hudnut, who is a part of Mayor Steven Fulop’s ticket.