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Dear Mr. Mayor

As e-mailed 9-25-14:

Dear Mayor Jackson:

For much of the last three months, I have been mostly cautiously optimistic that your new administration is making a promising start to unwinding the massive damage to the City of Trenton and its local government sustained over the last four years. You’ve started to rehabilitate the City’s reputation. It has [...]

Tainted

The Administration of Trenton Mayor Eric Jackson made a good move yesterday. Mr. Jackson now needs to make another.

A resolution to grant a $20,000 contract for legal services to the law firm of Long Marmero & Associates LLP has been pulled from tonight’s session of Trenton’s City Council, due to serious allegations of ethical violations [...]

More ICE

A version of my Tuesday post on the loopholes in Trenton’s Pay-to-Play Ordinance has been published as an opinion piece in this morning’s Trenton Times. Thanks to the editors of The Times for recognizing the importance of this issue, and for giving me space in their print edition today.

The opinion piece was written and submitted [...]

Zero Tolerance *

Cronyism and corruption. These are not words that should ever be associated with public service and yet, too often, they are.

Politicians elected by their fellow citizens to improve the quality of life for their constituents too often end up taking advantage of their office for personal gain.

Taxpayers who believe [...]

Running With Baggage

Mayor Eric Jackson is quoted in yesterday’s Trenton Times article by Jenna Pizzi saying that his Administration has “hit the ground running” during its first thirty days in office. Several new department directors have been hired; town hall meetings have been held around each of the wards, beginning what should be a regular dialog between [...]

Good Luck!

Today begins the effort to heal Trenton. I wish Mayor Eric Jackson, members of City Council, and all of the current and future municipal employees and appointees of the new Administration nothing but good will and good luck as they begin today to – hopefully – reverse not just four years of mendacity and disaster, [...]

NJ's Long Con - A Peril to Trenton's New Administration

The Trenton Times has a good editorial today. Titled “N.J. $82M[illion] incentive to bring 76er practice facility to Camden is purely for show,” the piece uses the specific example of the aforementioned incentive granted to the Philadelphia 76er basketball team over the next 10 years to make a larger point about the worrisome [...]

Paul Perez Interview, Part 3 of 3

Here is the final installment of my interview on June 4 with Paul Perez.

In this segment, Mr. Perez talks about his campaign, including the endorsement given to him by former Trenton School Board President Toby Sanders, about which I wrote on April 6, who is married to Paul Perez’s niece. That, and other family connections, [...]

Part 2, Paul Perez Interview

Here is Part 2, of 3.

Paul Perez Interview, Part 1

A couple of weeks ago, after the May 13 election, I extended an invitation to both Eric Jackson and Paul Perez to each sit with me for an interview about the state of their campaigns and some of the issues facing the City of Trenton.

Through a campaign spokesperson, Mr. Jackson declined the opportunity for an [...]