A special day. Fifteen years ago I served w/the United States Marine Corps and was amongst the first troops deployed to Iraq. Alberto Fortunato (in picture) was in my unit but over time we lost touch and hadn't spoken in well over a decade. Yesterday, he came to Jersey City and I had the privilege of officiating his wedding. Congratulations to both the groom and his beautiful wife.
When I took office in 2013 we had 769 police officers in the JC Police Department, near historic lows. I set a goal to grow the department to over 900 officers and I wanted to make structural changes as well so that I could get to 900 officers without raising taxes. After yesterday we are now at 932 officers. We have also invested in new social service programs, started a prisoner re-entry program, recreation program, and community engagement as turning the corner on crime is not one dimensional with policing as the only solution. With that said, congratulations to all the new men and women joining the Jersey City PD.
This week we completed the building, dedicated the building, and formally moved in the first few veterans that were formerly homeless. As a veteran myself, I feel that out of all the projects I have been a part of as mayor, this is the one I am most proud of accomplishing. It is so important that our country treats our veterans with respect and dignity. This is our first building focused on social services for veterans and solving homelessness among veterans.
Final push this AM for the democrat Column "E" Team - remember Election Day is this week TUESDAY JUNE 6th 6am-8pm. Please Consider voting for the entire column "E" Ticket.
Tomorrow is ELECTION DAY. You have the chance to elect who represents us in Trenton. Please come out tomorrow and vote the Hudson County Democrat Ticket on Column "E" all the way down. We need partners in Trenton that are willing to work with us and advocate with us.
Affordable housing is a big need in Jersey City and cities across the country. Yesterday, we cut the ribbon on another beautiful senior citizen housing development (pictured below). This issue was largely overlooked in Jersey City for decades before us so we are trying to make up for lost time. We have opened veteran housing for the 1st time, 80/20 projects for the 1st time in decades, changed the rent control laws, and we have much more on deck. Many people ask what is deemed "affordable" but the guidelines are set by federal rules so we try to hit as many gaps as possible over time - Some moderate income, some workforce housing, some low income housing. It has long been overlooked but we are trying to make up for lost time
Later today. We will be announcing our Ward "D" candidate - Mo Kinberg. She is an example of a positive force in the community and someone that will be able to show tangible results for Heights residents. She is dynamic, energetic, thoughtful, and will be huge addition to Jersey City government. www.stevenfulop.com/meet-mo
I stopped by Berry Lane Park yesterday and hung out with some of the younger residents and some great adults. We had a little dance competition where these younger Jersey City residents felt the need to make fun of my dancing skills.
- more importantly than that, I do want to not only say happy Father's Day to all the Jersey City dads but also use today to thank all the great role models that are involved in shaping/improving our young people's lives here in Jersey City.
Sad day. I sold my Harley last week on eBay and today it's being shipped to California. I bought it in Miami and rode it back to Jersey City and now it's being shipped to California. Ehhhh probably the right decision. Maybe.....probably:...
It's getting close to graduation time for all the schools in
- today I had the chance to wish the students at Primary Prep the best of luck as they take the next step in their journey. Congratulations.
Please share this post and invite your friends! I am re sharing the city's post from yesterday.
Four years ago we brought back Jersey City's 4th of July Fireworks Festival after it had been cancelled by previous administrations. We not only wanted to make the 4th of July a bigger Jersey City fireworks celebration but we wanted to greatly expand the activities in Liberty State Park overall. Every year we have been building on the previous year's success and this year we expect another 100,000+ visitors. We have the world famous Grucci Fireworks scheduled, we have expanded the children's carnival, we have more local artists performing, we have more food trucks, but also this year we will have Jersey City's own Kool & The Gang performing.
- reality is I know nothing about this sport and don't really understand what's with people dressing up for it but it was quite the scene today in Liberty State Park.
Yesterday, we had the privilege to be part of the Jersey City PS34 naming ceremony. Now officially known as the President Barack Obama School. Thank you Assemblywoman Angela Mcknight, the Parents Council and the BOE for pushing this forward.
Cities can make a difference. Our priorities here in Jersey City won't change. Yesterday, we joined with the other big cities across the country that represent 39 million Americans to commit in each city to adopt, honor, and uphold the Paris Climate Agreement goals. "The World Can Not Wait and Neither Will We". https://medium.com/@ClimateMayors/climate-mayors-commit-to-adopt-honor-and-uphold-paris-climate-agreement-goals-ba566e260097