The weekly number of new Covid-19 infections in Jersey City has increased from 7 in August to 68 in November. There were nine reported fatalities in November.
Jersey City’s Holland Gardens public housing site is to be reshaped into a mixed-use, mixed-income development that will accommodate a new public library branch and businesses.
Ward E Councilman James Solomon is proposing that Jersey City improve its emergency alert system in the wake of “two boil water advisories” that went out over the last 6-months.
A 50-story building with 810 rental apartments and a new pre-K-5 public school are coming to two blocks of Downtown currently occupied by 38 deteriorating single family homes.
The decision to remove 80 trees along the public walkway in Jersey City’s Society Hill was controversial and exposed deep flaws in governance in both Society Hill and city hall.
Local election results yielded few surprises last night. Yousef Saleh has garnered 4,854 votes in a special election to complete the term of the late Michael Yun for Ward D of the Jersey City Municipal Council. Saleh was backed by mayor Steven Fulop. Patrick Ambrossi came in second with 1,325 votes, Cynthia Hadjiyannis received 1,003. Rafael Torres and Lenny Lambert received 872 and 238 respectively. Perhaps the biggest surprise of the night was the vote on a referendum to fund the arts by way of a property assessment. As of this writing, the yes votes had garnered 36,585 votes with 20,916 voting no. In the hotly contested race for three seats on the Board of Education, the Education Matters team of Lorenzo Richardson, Gina Verdibello and Lekendrick Shaw appears to have handily defeated Asheenia Johnson, Sonia Cintron and Karen Poliski of Change for Children.
The administration introduced a 658 million dollar 2020 municipal budget today which, if adopted, will close a 70 million dollar shortfall brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic. The budget contains no tax increase.
The virtual Jersey City Comedy Festival, running August 12 through August 15, will feature emerging comedians from all over New Jersey.