A spokesman for Councilwoman-at-large Amy DeGise has put the kibosh on speculation that she will resign following last week’s hit-and-run, in spite of a report seeming to show that it took DeGise six hours to report the accident to police and calls for her to do so.
“Councilwoman DeGise was elected overwhelmingly just a few months ago and she has no intention of walking away from the commitment she made to serve the people of Jersey City. She will not resign and plans to complete her full term and continue in public service” said Phil Swibinski in a statement released today.
“Amy recognizes the calls that have been made for additional information and transparency. She would very much like to address this situation more comprehensively, but there is a legal process that must play out first and she will not be making any additional public comment at this time.”
“As she has said previously, she is thankful that no one was seriously injured and she fully intends to speak out more when the legal process is concluded. She will continue working hard to serve the people who elected her, just as she has since she was inaugurated in January.”
Last week, CCTV footage was released to the public that showed DeGise striking a bicyclist as she drove through the intersection of Martin Luther King Drive and Forrest Street.
The video showed the cyclist, 29-year-old Andrew Black, flipping in the air and falling to the pavement. Black was not seriously injured, however.
DeGise continued driving without stopping and was later issued summonses for leaving the scene of an accident and failing to report the accident.
Today, the Jersey Journal posted a video showing DeGise arriving at the Jersey City Police West District at approximately 2 p.m., six hours after her collision with the cyclist.
A group led by progressive activists Hector Oseguera, David Ocampo-Grajales and Ron Bautista have announced a rally on Saturday to demand the resignation.
A petition posted by Megan Carolan demanding her resignation has garnered over 1,500 signatures.