Op Ed: Administration’s Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance Has Too Many Loopholes

This Wednesday, the City Council in Jersey City will consider for a second reading (and likely a vote) an inclusionary zoning ordinance recently put forth by the Fulop administration. Unfortunately for the people of Jersey City, this ordinance is inclusionary in name only, with abundant carveouts and loopholes for real estate developers to skimp on building affordable housing units.

In early 2019, City Council members Joyce Watterman and Rolando Lavarro introduced an inclusionary zoning ordinance, and the Fulop administration introduced a competing one, which was widely considered to be more developer-friendly. To reconcile the two ordinances, an Inclusionary Zoning Committee was formed, composed of the majority of council members. This committee, led by Councilperson Lavarro, held a series of meetings over the course of the past year, which were open for public viewing. However, after the committee reached a compromise through this transparent process, Mayor Fulop and his team put forth a new ordinance, developed entirely behind the scenes and ignoring many key provisions reached by consensus in committee. This is the ordinance now being considered by the City Council.

Op Ed: Fulfilling a Dream for Liberty State Park

As the state prepares to introduce park restoration plans at a public meeting this fall, Sam Pesin and Greg Remaud spoke with New Jersey Conservation Foundation about the park, its history, their hopes for its future, and why New Jerseyans should support the restoration.

Editorial: A Teachable Moment For TECCS

On June 30, the four person executive committee of the school’s board of trustees fired its long serving and beloved principal, Marta Bergamini, without consulting parents or other board members. There is a lesson in all of this, one that should become part of TECCS’ curriculum. Here’s my suggestion for the first class.

Juneteenth: A Broken Promise?

Juneteenth is sometimes referred to as “Fourth of July for black people.” Reporter and essayist Assata Wright doesn’t view history quite as flatteringly.

Editorial: Post-Bostwick Avenue: Is it Time for Civilian Oversight of the Police?

A transparent investigation that includes witness interviews and disclosure of all body camera videos is required. Moreover, even if the belt-grabbing allegation is proven to be true, the police department will still have to explain how the baton-wielding officer’s actions were appropriate and, if they weren’t, what discipline the officer will face. The burden will be on the police department to demonstrate that it can credibly investigate itself. If this incident shows that it can’t, it will be time to create a civilian complaint review board.