Hundreds showed their support for Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop, who hosted his third fundraiser of the year at the Zeppelin Hall Restaurant & Biergarten, where he highlighted the racial diversity and progress throughout the city during his first term.
By Katherine Guest/Hudson County View
“Right here in the front, you have the Dominican community, and you have the Guyanese community, you have the Pakistani community. These are the things that make Jersey City special,” Fulop said while addressing a crowd of about 300 supporters.
Fulop also said that during his next four-year term, “God willing,” he plans to institute a greater progression – whether it’s continuing rebuilding the city’s infrastructure or adding schools in Ward E.
“Whether itâ€™s affordable housing, whether itâ€™s veteran housing, whether itâ€™s paid sick leave, whether itâ€™s transgender care, new construction, city hall adding, a bike share program, a mural program, I can collectively tell you that weâ€™re changing Jersey City for the better,” Fulop exclaimed.
Alongside Fulop were Ward E Councilwoman Candice Osborne and Council President Rolando Lavarro, who spoke at length about how the current administration has a vision to make Jersey City the best mid-sized city in the entire nation.
“We now see here, not just in downtown, but development, construction, investment going throughout all of Jersey City,” began Lavarro.
“From Journal Square, to the West Side Avenue to the Heights, development is abound. I think the last count was close to 16k on units under construction. We see that weâ€™ve gotten more police officers on the street, hiring more police officers, and making Jersey City one of the safest cities in urban communities in the entire state of New Jersey.”
Lavarro, who was elected with Fulop in 2013, also mentioned how the city is planning to use tax incentives to build the first new construction school building in Jersey City.
“One of the campaign promises we said we would make was making sure that we brought education opportunities to the Jersey City residents throughout Jersey City,” he added.
For the time being, Fulop will be challenged by former city Corporation Counsel Bill Matsikoudis and ex-Assemblyman Charles Mainor – though several others are expected to enter the fray early in the new year.
Assemblywoman Angela McKnight (D-31), Jersey City Council members Danny Rivera, Joyce Watterman and Frank Gajewski, Hoboken Freeholder Anthony Romano (D-5), Jersey City Board of Education Trustees Vidya Gangadin, Joel Torres and Trustee-Elects Sudhan Thomas and Luis Felipe Fernandez, West New York Board of Education Trustees Adam Parkinson and Jonathan Castaneda, Hudson County Democratic Organization Executive Director John Minella, former Freeholder Jeff Dublin, among many others.